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Cloud credits offered in NSF big data funding

To spur research in big data management, modeling and analysis, the National Science Foundation --  in partnership with Amazon Web Services Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure --  is offering up to $3 million in cloud credits/resources along with funding for projects that can justify the need for significant storage and computational resources under NSF’s  BIGDATA program, the science agency said.

A 70-30 split in funding between the requested NSF funds and the cloud resources  is required. If a project requests $700,000 in NSF funds, for example, then it may request up to a maximum of $300,000 in cloud credits/resources.

NSF advises applications that, when estimating for cloud resources, they should account for software development and testing; code inefficiencies and errors that may consume more resources than anticipated; and additional experiments beyond those initially anticipated.

The proposal instructions include contact information for the cloud providers and links to calculators to help researchers build their usage plans.

Up to 35 projects will be funded, subject to availability of funds.

Researchers in universities and colleges, nonprofits, non-academic organizations, and state and local government can apply. The submissions are due March 22.

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