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NIH Commits $14M to Fund Biomedical Informatics, Data Science Training Programs

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Institutes of Health announced that it is earmarking $14 million in fiscal 2017 to support grant awards under the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Institutional Training Program in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science.

The program was established to support biomedical informatics training at educational institutions across the US. According to the NIH, NLM's training programs are designed to meet the growing need for investigators trained in biomedical computing, data science, and related information fields as they relate to applications in health and biomedicine.

NLM-supported programs are expected to train researchers to conduct original basic or applied research, and to be prepared for research-oriented roles at academic institutions, non-profit research organizations, and healthcare organizations.

Through the newly announced funding opportunity, the NIH said that it intends to fund between 14 and 17 applications proposing training programs in one or more of the following areas: healthcare/clinical informatics; translational bioinformatics; clinical research informatics; and public health informatics. Programs focused on informatics and data science in the study of environmental exposures will also be considered.

Training programs should be geared toward predoctoral and postdoctoral students seeking careers in research, and are expected to run for five years. While the NIH intends to commit $14 million to fund selected programs in fiscal 2017, future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations

Additional details about the funding opportunity can be found here.