Important Dates for the Winter 2020 Incubator:

Information meeting, Friday Oct 25, 11am. Location: WRF Data Science Studio, 6th floor Physics/Astronomy Tower.

Monday, November 11th: Applications due. [Proposal submission now closed]

Monday, December 9th: Notification of proposal selections.

Tuesday, January 7th: Kickoff meeting. Location: WRF Data Science Studio.

Get an overview of the Winter Incubator here:

If you have any questions about submitting a project for an Incubator, please consult one of our data scientists during their office hours for guidance:

The application form will ask for the following information:

  • Contact information for the project lead — the one who will join us in the studio and be responsible for carrying out the project.
  • A description of your data. At least the size, formats, where the data currently resides, and any privacy and access restrictions. We strongly favor projects that have already collected the relevant data rather than “preparatory” projects that involve building software in the anticipation of future data collection activities.
  • Project summary / objective (~1 page) similar to the Specific Aims sections in NIH and NSF proposals. This document should include the key science questions the data will help answer and the key technical challenges you face in answering these questions. For example: Do you need new methods or algorithms? Do you need to scale up existing methods? Do you need to integrate data so it can be analyzed? Do you need to publish data and/or code to improve collaborative opportunities and reproducibility?

Proposals are prioritized based on the following criteria:

Participant availability and engagement

Ability to answer fundamentally new research questions

Clarity and shovel-readiness

Capacity for measurable outcomes

Capabilities and interests of the incubator research staff

We expect that some good proposals will not meet every criteria. And great proposals may not be selected due to limited bandwidth or expertise of our data scientists.