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NIH BD2K Predoctoral Training in Biomedical Big Data Science (T32)

Internal Due Date: Past Due - Coordinator: Holly Sommers

Foundation Due Date: 07-25-2016 (Full Applications)

Number of Applications: 1


The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit applications for graduate training programs in Big Data Science, for the expressed purpose of training the next generation of scientists who will develop computational and quantitative approaches and tools needed by the biomedical research community to work with Big Data in the biomedical sciences. The proposed training programs should prepare qualified individuals for careers in developing new technologies and methods that will allow biomedical researchers to maximize the value of the growing volume and complexity of biomedical data.  

The applicant institution(s) must have a strong and high quality research program in biomedical Big Data Science that includes diverse and complex data types, such as genomic, other -omic, imaging, phenotypic, exposure, etc. The applicant institution(s) must have the requisite faculty and facilities to conduct the proposed institutional program. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed program will complement, but be distinct from, other ongoing research training programs occurring at the applicant institution. It is expected that a substantial number of program faculty will have active biomedical peer-reviewed Big Data Science research projects involving a variety of data types in the biomedical sciences in which participating trainees may gain relevant experiences consistent with their research interests and goals.

Application budgets are not limited, but it is anticipated that each institutional training program may appoint up to 6 trainees annually. Budgets need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Awards will be made for four years.  

For full information, please see the website noted above.


Internal Competition Guidelines: Interested applicants must submit an abstract of their proposed projects (not to exceed 2 pages) and an NIH-style biosketch to Holly Sommers via e-mail ( by no later than the internal deadline above for consideration. Please putBD2K T32- Applicant Name in the subject line of the e-mail. It is helpful if the abstract and biosketch are submitted in a single PDF file with the abstract first. Please note that written reviews or summary statements from the internal review and selection process will not be available.