Funding Opportunities for Statisticians to Be Discussed at JSM
Representatives from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and National Security Agency will be available for a dialogue at JSM on July 30 from 10 a.m. until noon in Room Aqua 304 of the Hilton Bayfront Hotel. Officials from each funding organization will describe their programs in presentations from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. From 11 a.m. to noon, the program directors will be available to shed light on processes, answer questions, and hear concerns.
The focus of this opportunity is to discuss grant funding opportunities for statisticians. Both statistical methodology development and applications of statistics are supported by the programs represented. Program directors will briefly describe new initiatives and areas of emphasis, as well as any special mechanisms for new investigators and investigators at primarily undergraduate institutions.
This event, organized by the ASA Committee for Federally Funded Research (CFFR), is listed in the JSM Program as Funding Opportunities—Presentations and Q&A. CFFR is soliciting your feedback about how it can best facilitate communication between funding agencies and ASA members. Please either leave suggestions in the comments area below or bring them to this event at JSM, where committee members will be present.
Big Data Work Force Development
The NSF and NIH also invite you to a discussion about preparing a work force able to handle the challenges brought about by “big data.” The discussion will take place in Room Cobalt 500 of the Hilton Bayfront Hotel on July 31 at 3 p.m. Several institutions, which have existing or planned programs that address aspects of big data, will have prepared comments, but the focus of the meeting will be on open discussion. Particular issues include the following:
1. What are the main technical challenges for statisticians arising from big data?
2. Are there gaps between the skills of recent graduates and what they need to know to handle big data?
3. Is there room for innovation or partnerships between academia, industry, or government?
Employers and graduate program directors are encouraged to attend, as well as researchers who work with big data (whether from industry, government, or academia) and those interested in training the next generation of scientists.