The Center for Data and Computing

Data Science Discovery Grants

Winter 2019 Application Cycle Closed; Details on Fall 2019 Cycle Will Be Announced Soon.

The CDAC Data Science Discovery grants support multi-disciplinary projects that have the potential for high-impact research or new technological innovations. We encourage all members of the University community with PI status to review the current call for proposals and apply. [PDF version]


Award Categories

Collaborative research projects: Research grants will be offered for early-stage projects focused on data science methods, tools, or theory, executed by multidisciplinary teams from multiple departments/units. Awards should be used to collect pilot/preliminary data, results, or analysis that can lead to external collaborative grant applications (such as NIH R01). Awards will be available for up to $100,000 for a period of 12 months.

Exploratory convenings: This opportunity welcomes proposals that support workshops, invited speaker talks, working groups, or other convenings focused on novel, interdisciplinary, data-driven or computing research topics. Awards should provide planning support to facilitate the development of grant proposals or collaborative projects. Awards will be available for up to $15,000 for a period of 12 months.



  • Primary investigator must have PI status at the University of Chicago. Please find more information about UChicago PI eligibility and policies here.
  • Proposals may originate from teams of collaborators in any discipline; projects must involve participants from two or more units (e.g. departments, divisions).
  • Current members of the CDAC Steering Committee are eligible to apply, provided that they recuse themselves during the review and voting on their proposal.


  • As part of the incubator program, research projects can apply for a limited amount of co-working space in the newly renovated John Crerar Library building, home to CDAC and the Department of Computer Science.
  • Co-working space will include a dedicated desk, storage space, mail/print/fax services, and access to conference rooms for conducting meetings and group activities.
  • Additionally, research award recipients may have the opportunity to receive assistance in developing customized, long-term plans for securing external funding in subsequent stages of the project.



Proposals must be submitted using the UChicago Funding Portal. Detailed instructions and budget templates are provided as part of the submission process.

Additional details are included in the Data Science Discovery Call for Proposals. Prospective applications are also invited to consult with staff at the Center for Data and Computing (CDAC). Contact Julia Lane, executive director, to arrange a meeting at or 773.834.2985.