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NIH Roadmap to Fund Informatics, Computational High Risk Research

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health said on Friday that it will support researchers using bioinformatics and computational biology to study genomics, proteomics, cell biology, and a number of other biological areas over a two-year period under the NIH Roadmap program.
The NIH is supporting the “Exploratory Collaborations with National Centers for Biomedical Computing” program through an R01 grant program and an R21 program.
The R01 program will support direct costs of up to $500,000 per year for up to five years, and the R21 program will grant up to $275,000 over two years in total funds.
The NIH will fund researchers working with the National Centers for Biomedical Computing, or NCBCs, on innovative, high-risk and high-impact applications “in new areas that are lacking preliminary data or development,” NIH said in a program announcement.
Because the size and scope of the research may vary, NIH said, the award amount will vary depending on the projects. The total amounts also will depend on the number and duration of the applications received.
The NCBCs are “devoted to all facets of biomedical computing,” and aim to bring together computational scientists who develop data structures, software, and algorithms, biomedical computational scientists who use informatics to solve biomedical problems, and experimental, clinical, and behavioral scientists.
The NIH hopes to fund research scientists who generate data that can be transformed into knowledge by computational simulation, analysis, modeling, data mining, and visualization.

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