Skip to main content

NCBO Seeks Collaborators on Biomedical Ontology Research


The National Centers for Biomedical Ontology has issued a call for proposals to fill two Driving Biological Project, or DBP, opportunities.

The two new DBPs will be managed as subcontracts from Stanford University, which is the administrative home of the NCBO.

The maximum awards will be for $140,000 annually for up to two years. The funds are intended to support collaborative activities with the center, not to support ongoing biomedical research at the participating DBP institution.

According to NCBO’s website, the "ideal" NCBO DBP "will be a self-contained biomedical research activity that, in its work, will employ or contribute to biomedical ontologies, or will require the use of computer-based tools that make use of biomedical ontologies."

NCBO said the the DBPs will "provide a showcase for how the NCBO’s technology can enable or accelerate world-class biomedical investigation."

Proposals are due March 14 and the award winners will be notified April 22. The funds will be disbursed beginning Aug. 1

Each proposal must include a research description, a budget for the full project period, and justification for the budget. Furthermore, the research descriptions, no longer than 12 pages, should include the research aims, background and significance, prior work, a research plan, proposed use of the NCBO technology, and other collaborative considerations.

Submissions will be reviewed by an initial selection committee comprised of the NCBO executive committee, members of the NCBO scientific advisory board, and the National Institutes of Health program officer and lead science officer. Recommendations from the committee will be reviewed by NCBO science officers, who are senior staff members at the NIH and other government research agencies.

The NCBO is one of several NIH-funded National Centers for Biomedical Computing and has a focus on the application of ontologies in biomedical science and clinical care.

Each NCBC supports a small number of DBPs who, in addition to pursuing their own research, work with their centers to develop new computational resources and technologies and serve as early adopters of these new tools and methods.

Additional details are available here.

The Scan

UK Funds to Stay Ahead of Variants

The UK has announced a further £29.3 million to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 variants, the Guardian reports.

Push for Access

In a letter, researchers in India seek easier access to COVID-19 data, Science reports.

Not as Cold

Late-stage trial results are expected soon for an RNA-based vaccine that could help meet global demand as it does not require very cold storage, the New York Times writes.

Genome Research Papers on Microbes' Effects on Host Transfer RNA, Honeybee Evolution, Single-Cell Histones

In Genome Research this week: influence of microbes on transfer RNA patterns, evolutionary relationships of honeybees, and more.