Big Data Spokes: Northeast Hub Submission Guidelines

Overview | Key Deadlines | Submissions


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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a call for Big Data Spoke proposals through the program solicitation “Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes).” The Northeast Big Data Hub is accepting requests for Letters of Collaboration from PIs in our region.

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Key Deadlines:

June 19th, 2017: Deadline to request a letter of collaboration from the Big Data Hubs.

See the Submissions section below for more information about submitting your request. Proposals that receive Letters of Collaboration should then be sent to the host institution of the PI, which is responsible for selecting one to submit to the NSF. Per the solicitation:

An organization may participate as submitting organization (or, in the case of collaborative proposals, as the lead organization) for at most one proposal responsive to this solicitation.

Proposal submissions are limited to 1 per organization (except as non-lead in a collaborative proposal) to maintain a balanced geographic representation of the Regional Hubs and Spokes program and to increase diversity of participating institutions.

September 18th, 2017: Deadline to submit full Spoke proposals to NSF, which must include a Letter of Collaboration from a Big Data Hub.


Proposers are encouraged to begin by reaching out to the BD Hub serving their respective region. This is determined by the institution of the lead Principal Investigator.

For example, if the lead PI on a collaborative proposal is from an institution in Virginia, the proposal would be submitted to the South Hub (no matter the locations of other collaborators).

However, if a proposer’s expertise, interest, and project scope align strongly with the regional priorities of another BD Hub, the proposer may collaborate with that BD Hub.


To request a Letter of Collaboration from the Northeast Big Data Hub, fill out the form at (Information regarding other Hubs is available at the bottom of this page.)

Click here to download a Word .docx template for use in drafting your Letter of Collaboration request.


Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Hub reviews will focus on “fit and feasibility.” That is, we will consider how a given project fits or aligns with the thematic or priority areas of interest in our region, and how feasible the proposed coordination with the Hub is based on availability of resources. NSF priority areas listed in the Solicitation are welcome, but not limiting in the scope of projects that will be considered. In other words, all current Hub Spoke and Ring areas and suggestions for projects in new areas will also be welcome.

Please email Katie Naum at with any questions about submissions. Contact information for the other Big Data Hubs is provided below.