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NLM Starts $14M Informatics Training Program

By a GenomeWeb Staff Reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Library of Medicine plans to award around $14 million in 2012 to support programs to train predoctoral and postdoctoral scientists in using biomedical computing directly related to their research areas.

The aim of the "Institutional Training Grants for Research Training in Biomedical Informatics" program is to meet an increased need for investigators who are trained in biomedical computing in specific areas, such as the life sciences, translational and basic biomedical research, and public health.

The NLM grants program will fund 10 to 15 awards for new programs or to support existing NLM training program grants.

The proposed training programs should include informatics principles and concepts and quantitative methods such as biostatistics, applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, and using information sciences in other relevant fields with the goal of promoting integration of informatics in specific research domains.

Applicants for the program may propose training tracks in more than one area including translational bioinformatics studies in genome-phenome relationships, pharmacogenomics, or personalized medicine; clinical research informatics approaches that support basic clinical trials and comparative-effectiveness research; and applying informatics principles and methods to build integrated resources for health services or global health research, among others.

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