OSP FO# 11-102

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Library of Medicine (NLM)

PROGRAM: NLM Express Research Grants in Biomedical Informatics (R01)

OBJECTIVES: The National Library of Medicine supports research grants that advance the science of biomedical informatics. Informatics is concerned with the optimal organization, management, dissemination and use of information. Biomedical informatics can be defined as the intersection of computer and information sciences with an application domain such as health care, public health, basic biomedical research, or clinical translational research. This program seeks interdisciplinary research encompassing basic informatics problem areas in the application domains of health care and health administration, public health, basic biomedical research, bioinformatics and biological modeling, translational research and health information management in disasters.

The following basic informatics problem areas demonstrate the scope of NLM’s research interests:

  • Information & knowledge processing, including understanding, translation or summarization of natural language in real-time or near real-time, integration of information from heterogeneous sources
  • Advanced information retrieval, knowledge discovery in databases, discovery mining, and other techniques for in silico discovery and research including approaches for accelerating the linkage of phenomic and genomic information
  • Incorporation of machine intelligence into decision tools and resources for health care providers, scientists and consumers
  • Information Visualization and presentation approaches to enhance decisions, learning or understanding
  • Innovative approaches for ensuring privacy and security of clinical and biomedical research data

Examples of application domains for these informatics problem areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Health Care; Public Health and Health Services Research; Disaster Information Management;
  • Basic Biological, Social and Behavioral Research;
  • Multi-level computational models of biological and clinical processes;
  • Translational Research that supports (1) uses of data in electronic health records to support biomedical research and (2) translation of biomedical research outcomes through application to problems in clinical care
  • Information Sciences; simulation, user customization, virtual environments or innovative information techniques

Potential applicants are strongly urged to discuss their proposed project with one of the program officers for advice about the application process and suitability of the project for funding by NLM. NLM will not generally accept informatics projects in problem domains for which adequate funding opportunities are offered by other Institutes or Agencies.

DEADLINE: June 5, October 5, and February 5, until May 8, 2014.

FUNDING INFORMATION: This program utilizes the NIH Research Project Grant (R01) award mechanism, and “Just-in-Time” information concepts. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. The NLM Express Research Grant has a limit of $250,000 per year in direct costs for up to four years. Applicants who require more than $250,000 in direct support for their informatics projects are advised to apply to the NIH Research Project Grant (Parent R01), PA-10-067 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-067.html).

Dr. Hua-Chuan Sim
NLM Extramural Programs
6705 Rockledge Drive
Rockledge 1, Suite 301
Bethesda, MD 20892
Telephone: (301) 594-4882
Fax: (301) 402-2952
Email: simh@mail.nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-208.html

REMARKS: NIH requires that applications to this program be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov). After submission via Grants.gov, applications will be retrieved and processed by the NIH Commons system (https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/index.jsp). In order to prepare a responsive application, PIs should download both the complete program guidelines (PAR-11-208) and the corresponding application package from Grants.gov as well as the NIH Grants.gov Application Guide (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm). PIs must also be registered Commons users.

For more information about Grants.gov and the NIH Commons, or to register as a Commons user, please contact either India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. In addition, please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.    

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.