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NSF solicitation: NSF Convergence Accelerator Phases I and II for the 2021 Cohort

Letter of Intent for Networked Blue Economy (Track E) Due May 05, 2021
The overarching goal of Track E is to interconnect the Blue Economy and accelerate convergence across ocean sectors. This track aims to create a smart, integrated, connected, and open ecosystem for ocean innovation, exploration, and sustainable utilization. It will provide a highly innovative set of interconnected tools, techniques, methods, and educational resources, as well as improve human engagement with ocean resources. The cohort of projects supported through this track will ultimately lead to a range of innovative partnerships involving stakeholders in ocean-related science and engineering, coastal communities and a diverse set of entities and organizations engaged in the Networked Blue Economy.

Phase I awards may receive funding up to $750,000 for 12 months duration... Only awardees of Phase I awards under this solicitation may submit a Phase II proposal... Phase II awards may be up to $5 million for 24 months.

[Link to solicitation NSF 21-572]


NSF Dear Colleague Letters:

Pilot Projects to Integrate Existing Data and Data-Focused Cyberinfrastructure to Enable Community-level Discovery Pathways

  • February 2, 2021: NSF encourages proposals to the Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research (CESER) program within the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for pilot projects that bring together researchers and CI experts to develop the means of combining existing community data resources and shared data-focused CI into new integrative and highly performing data-intensive discovery workflows that empower new scientific pathways. [Link to DCL]

Supporting Data and Sample Reuse in Polar Research

  • January, 27 2021: The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Office of Polar Programs (OPP) encourages submission of proposals that leverage existing data, physical samples, and non-physical samples (e.g., films, recordings, etc.), as well as those that facilitate the reuse of existing data. [Link to DCL]

Research Coordination and Planning Opportunities for the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  • November 19, 2020: The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) encourages the submission of proposals for workshops, Research Coordination Networks (RCN), and other planning activities, including Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals, in Geosciences-themed research in Artificial Intelligence (AI). [Link to DCL]


Congratulations to WHOI's new Carpentries instructors

Thanks to a Technical Staff Training Award, six WHOI staff and students became Carpentries instructors in 2020! Congratulations to Brett Longworth in G&G and Karen Soenen and Amber York in Biology! And to JP students Craig McLean in MCG and Stewart Jamieson and Arianna Krinos in Biology! We presented a poster at the AGU Fall Meeting for our 2020 workshops. Thanks to another Tech Staff Training Award, we'll have more workshops in 2021 - check the Events tab or contact for more info.


WHOI Data Science Office Hour and Slack

In collaboration with IS App Dev and WHOI Data Library, we are hosting a WHOI Data Science Office Hour on Thursdays between 11am and noon. Please consult the IS App Dev webpage (internal VPN only) for the link to join the Office Hour. Our Slack workspace whoi-datascience is open to WHOI staff and students. Please contact if you'd like to join.


Opportunities online to learn Python, R, GitHub, and more

We compiled this list to help WHOI staff and students discover opportunities online to learn data science and coding skills (Python, R, GitHub, and more):

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WHOI's Cloud Computing Survey

In December 2019 WHOI DDVPR’s Ocean Informatics Working Group (OIWG), in collaboration with WHOI Information Services (IS), conducted a survey to learn how WHOI scientific and technical staff, postdocs, and students are interested in using cloud computing services for research and engineering. Please contact Stace Beaulieu, OIWG coordinator, or Roberta Mazzoli, XSEDE Campus Champion @ IS, if you are interested in the results or have questions/comments. WHOI IS in collaboration with the OIWG will continue to examine the pros and cons of cloud computing services as part of WHOI’s Campus Cyberinfrastructure Plan and Cloud Strategy, both in development.

WHOI's Data Science Training Camp
Figure from "Enabling long-term oceanographic research: Changing data practices, information management strategies and informatics" (Baker and Chandler, 2008,