The main objective of this project is to develop an organization, the Smart Grids BD Spoke that creates a open access BD infrastructure enabling collaboration and innovation in the smart power grid area. Talents and resources from academia, government and industry will be brought together, as well as “engaging industry to define its challenges and implement new BD technologies for cost-effective computational, analytical, and data management solutions needed to get the full benefits of smart grids; and establishing close collaboration with the South Hub to find the most effective way to develop outreach, education, and training” as stated in the project summary. The leading role on this project is provided by Dr. Mladen Kezunovic (Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Texas A&M; Director, TEES Smart Grid Center). Co-Principal Investigators from Texas A&M are Drs. Dilma Da Silva (Professor, Department Head, Computer Science & Engineering), P.R. Kumar (Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering), and Le Xie (Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering). Sub-awardees are Dr. Santiago Grijalva (Professor, Georgia Tech) and Zoran Obradovic (Temple University). More details on the awards may be viewed at the following websites: award 1, award 2, award 3. The start of the project is September 1, 2016.