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NIH to Award $62M in Grants for Biomedical Computing Centers

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health has committed up to $62 million over the next four years to fund a biomedical computing program aimed at creating and supporting a network of computational biology and biomedical informatics centers.

The National Centers for Biomedical Computing program will give grants of up to $2.3 million per year over five years to fund centers that will serve as resources for biomedical and biobehavioral research.

The NCBCs will support research that includes comparative genomics, biomolecular modeling and simulation, image analysis, heterogeneous data integration, clinical trial management, and other informatics research-focused applications.

The centers will provide resources for researchers conducing analysis, modeling, and predictive research using complex biomedical data.

All of the centers will have core responsibilities for implementing and coordinating a national project to develop and improve biomedical computing resources, including development and validation of software, engineering tools, and hardware.

The first round of applications is due Jan. 8. Additional information can be found here.

NIH has previously funded seven such NCBCs with awards in 2004 and 2005.

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