March 29, 2012 – Federal agencies are serving up millions of dollars toward research that will extract useful information from big data sets and develop new methods, technology and tools for data management, analytics and collaboration.

On Thursday, the National Science Foundation announced a joint solicitation with the National Institutes for Health under the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program and an Ideas Lab for researchers. Research in these areas will seek to develop new ways to draw findings from massive data sets, increase efficient training and education on big data, and the construction of new infrastructure to “manage, curate and serve data to communities,” according to a release on the initiatives. The big data research solicitation is an acknowledgement of the “profound transformation” data holds for scientific communities, said NSF Director Subra Suresh in a news release from the event led by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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