The National Science Foundation said it is awarding a handful of universities more than $5 million to establish four regional hubs devoted to furthering the ability of organizations to make better use of Big Data.
The Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs are coordinated by Columbia University in the Northeast; Georgia Tech, the University of North Carolina in the South; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Midwest; the University of California, San Diego the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington in the West.
More than 250 organizations, municipalities and big companies, will partner with the schools to quickly push research discoveries into practice.The awards are the next step in advancing the National Big Data Research and Development Initiative started in 2013.
Big data research is currently a huge focus at leading universities. Along with the additional funds, NSF will help coordinate an effort in which more than 250 organizations will work with the schools to help turn their research discoveries into practice.
NSF also anticipates awarding $10 million in grants to establish Big Data Spokes focused on specific research areas.