NCDS issues call for Data Fellows

The National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), a public-private partnership to advance data science and capitalize on the opportunties of big data, seeks participants for its 2015 Data Fellows Program.

Fellowships are open to all faculty members at NCDS member institutions, although preference will be given to those with five years of service or less. NCDS member institutions include all universities in the University of North Carolina System, Duke University and Drexel University. Three awards of up to $50,000 are expected to be given this year. Fellowships are expected to last one year, and all Fellows will be expected to participate in NCDS activities during the year.

NCDS Data Fellows awards are given to faculty researchers whose work supports the NCDS mission of advancing data science, finding solutions to data-related problems, and taking advantage of the many research, business and social opportunities related to big data.

To promote greater collaboration among NCDS members and the Fellows, this year’s Call for Proposals includes a list of possible research areas suggested by the membership. Submissions that do not address one of the identified research areas will be considered if they address particularly novel or innovative data science questions.

Proposals should be no more than four pages and should be submitted on the NCDS website. Proposals larger than 8 MB can sent as PDFs to Proposals must be submitted by Nov. 16, 2014 and all faculty who submit will be notified by Dec. 5 2014.  The one-year fellowships will begin on approximately Jan. 1, 2015.

For the complete Call for Proposals, see

For general information about the Data Fellows program, including the submission form, see

For information about the 2014 Data Fellows, see

About the NCDS

The NCDS launched in April 2013 as public-private partnership to address the challenges and opportunities posed by massive data sets being created by digital medicine, environmental sensors, scientific instruments, social networks, and more. It’s goals include: encouraging collaboration among industry, academia and government on data science research and problem solving; providing members with access to experts in other fields and domains to help address their data challenges; encouraging data science research that spans academia, industry and government; facilitating improved data science education; and supporting technical, ethical and policy standards for data.  In addtion to the university members, NCDS members are Cisco, Deloitte LLP, GE, IBM, MCNC, RTI International and UNC General Administration.