[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 120 (Friday, June 21, 2013)]
[Page 37591]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-14746]



Making the Most of Big Data: Request for Information

AGENCY: The National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and 
Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD), National 
Science Foundation.

ACTION: Notice.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wendy Wigen at 703-292-4873 or 
[email protected]. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for 
the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 
1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through 

DATES: Deadline date for submission of summaries is September 2, 2013.
SUMMARY: Federal Request for Information (RFI) on Big Data high-impact 
collaborations and areas for expanded collaboration between the public 
and private sectors.

    Overview: Aiming to make the most of the explosion of Big Data and 
the tools needed to analyze it, the Obama Administration announced a 
``National Big Data Research and Development Initiative'' on March 29, 
2012. To launch the initiative, six Federal departments and agencies 
announced more than $200 million in new commitments that, together, 
promise to greatly improve and develop the tools, techniques, and human 
capital needed to move from data to knowledge to action. The 
Administration is also working to ``liberate'' government data and 
voluntarily-contributed corporate data to fuel entrepreneurship, create 
jobs, and improve the lives of Americans in tangible ways. For 
additional information about the launch of the Big Data Initiative see 
the OSTP Fact Sheet and Press Release.
    As we enter the second year of the Big Data Initiative, the 
Administration is encouraging multiple stakeholders including federal 
agencies, private industry, academia, state and local government, non-
profits, and foundations, to develop and participate in Big Data 
innovation projects across the country. Later this year, the Office of 
Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), NSF, and other agencies in the 
Networking and Information Technology R&D (NITRD) program plan to 
convene an event that highlights high-impact collaborations and 
identifies areas for expanded collaboration between the public and 
private sectors. The Administration is particularly interested in 
projects and initiatives that:
     Advance technologies that support Big Data and data 
     Educate and expand the Big Data workforce;
     Develop, demonstrate and evaluate applications of Big Data 
that improve key outcomes in economic growth, job creation, education, 
health, energy, sustainability, public safety, advanced manufacturing, 
science and engineering, and global development;
     Demonstrate the role that prizes and challenges can play 
in deriving new insights from Big Data; and
     Foster regional innovation.
    Description: Please submit a two-page summary of projects to 
[email protected]. The summary should identify:
    1. The goal of the project, with metrics for evaluating the success 
or failure of the project;
    2. The multiple stakeholders that will participate in the project 
and their respective roles and responsibilities;
    3. Initial financial and in-kind resources that the stakeholders 
are prepared to commit to this project; and
    4. A principal point of contact for the partnership.
    The submission should also indicate whether NITRD can post the 
project description to a public Web site. Unless otherwise noted, 
submissions with sensitive material (e.g., trade secrets, or privileged 
or confidential commercial or financial information) will be protected 
from disclosure.
    This announcement is posted solely for information and planning 
purposes; it does not constitute a formal solicitation for grants, 
contracts, or cooperative agreements.
    Submitted by the National Science Foundation for the National 
Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology 
Research and Development (NITRD) on June 17, 2013.

Suzanne H. Plimpton,
Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation.
[FR Doc. 2013-14746 Filed 6-20-13; 8:45 am]