The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) is pleased to announce the first competition for MIDAS Challenge Thrust awards. These awards are intended to stimulate research in key areas identified at the recent symposium and will lay the foundation for future funding from government, private foundations, or industry. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are available for awards in Learning Analytics and Data Science for Transportation. Up to two projects will be funded at a level of approximately $1.25 million each in both of these Challenge Thrust areas. View the Requests for Proposals here. White papers describing project goals and teaming arrangements are due November 30, 2015, and full proposals are due January 18, 2016. Awards will be announced on February 15, 2016. Successful research projects will cut across disciplines, have the potential for disruptive impact in the field, and hold promise for advancing the methodological foundations of data science. Interested researchers can learn more about these two MIDAS Challenge Thrust areas and connect with potential collaborators at four upcoming town hall meetings. Learning Analytics
- Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., 1109 François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Building
- Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League
Data Science for Transportation
- Thursday, October 22, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., 1311 EECS
- Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater
RFPs for the MIDAS Challenge Thrust awards in the Social Science and Health Science areas will be released in early 2016. For more information, email email@example.com or visit midas.umich.edu/rfp.