The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) runs an annual pilot grant program – Propelling Original Data Science (PODS) Grants. This award program seeks to fund pioneering interdisciplinary data science work that is based on innovative concepts and promises high reward, major impact, promotion of public interest, and potential for major expansion; in other words, “disruptive” instead of incremental research. The primary goal is to catalyze the transformative use of data science in a wide range of disciplines to achieve lasting societal impact.