Draft Strategic Plan for Data Science
In order to capitalize on the opportunities presented by advances in data science, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is developing a Strategic Plan for Data Science. This plan describes NIH’s overarching goals, strategic objectives, and implementation tactics for promoting the modernization of the NIH-funded biomedical data science ecosystem. As part of the planning process, NIH has published a Request for Information (RFI) to seek input from stakeholders, including members of the scientific community, academic institutions, the private sector, health professionals, professional societies, advocacy groups, patient communities, as well as other interested members of the public.
Office of Research on Women’s Health Administrative Supplement
The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health is working in partnership with the NIH institutes, centers, and offices to ensure that research on sex/gender factors in health and illness is an integral part of the scientific framework. The Funding Opportunity Administrative Supplements for Research on Sex/Gender Influences program requests applications for one year of funding for fiscal year 2018. The Administrative Supplements for Research on Sex/Gender Influences program is designed to provide supplemental funding to NIH-funded researchers to encourage the consideration of sex/gender factors in their ongoing research.
NIH Launches Pilot Program to match unfunded applicants with Private Funders
The new Online Partnership to Accelerate Research (OnPAR) is a collaboration between NIH and the contractor Leidos that will allow researchers upload unfunded NIH proposals to an online portal where potential funders can review the scores received from reviewers, and decide whether to provide money for the study.
The goal of OnPAR is to match quality biomedical research projects with priority areas of interest of private foundations, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies and/or other private biomedical research funders. OnPAR will eventually provide access to a global pipeline of research projects that can either supplement internal projects or provide innovative new ideas for future medical products.
If an applicant scored in the top 30% and is not funded by NIH, he/she is welcome to submit an abstract for consideration. Qualified applicants are invited to register with OnPAR and participate in the submission and review process. It is not necessary to re-write an application. OnPAR will accept the NIH abstract that was submitted by the applicant, and if invited, his/her submitted NIH application and Summary Statement.
For more information on the registration process click here.