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BD2K Funding Opportunity Announcement: Applications Due December 15

Notice has been issued for the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Digital Curation for Biomedical Big Data (U01) Cooperative Agreement Funding Announcement. The purpose of this BD2K Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support the development, improvement and implementation of tools and approaches that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of digital curation processes used to characterize and describe the digital data used in or resulting from biomedical research. Potential topics to be addressed include:

  • Approaches that drive curation to become more standardized. For example, interfaces to assist in the assignment of metadata by proposing terms from accepted ontologies.
  • Tools and templates to facilitate consistent use of community-defined standards such as common data elements and standards used by archival resources such as GenBank, SRA, Biosample, etc.
  • Automated or semi-automated approaches to merging (harmonizing) disparate or heterogeneous data sets for purposes of new research.
  • Approaches that improve the speed and accuracy of extracting metadata information from text or other digital sources, and linking the information to a data set or other digital asset.
  • Approaches that support data annotation at points throughout the research lifecycle (data gathering, preparation of data for sharing, public sharing of data sets, submission or review of articles supported by data sets, etc.).
  • Approaches for distributed approaches to curation processes that increase the efficiency, completeness, accuracy or quality of the digital asset.
  • Approaches that apply curation earlier in the data generation life cycle, such as tools that ensure metadata for high through-put research data sets are accurately and consistently captured and transmitted with the data files.
  • Approaches that can be applied in more than one subject domain.

The opening submission date is November 15, with an application due date of December 15. The maximum project period is 4 years. Direct costs are limited to a maximum of $350,000 in each year. The earliest award state date is August, 2017. NIH intends to fund an estimate of 7-10 awards, corresponding to a total of $4 million, for fiscal year 2017.

BD2K Funding and Training Update

BD2K has announced the following new opportunities:

Call for Applications: Sewell Travel Awards to Attend 2016 APHA Annual Meeting in Denver!

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee is currently accepting applications for the Sewell Stipend to attend the American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition, which will be held in Denver, CO, from October 29 to November 2. Applications are due by Sunday, July 17. The conference theme is Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health. Consider applying for a stipend if you are in a position in which you have public health-related responsibilities. The committee expects to make at least nine awards, including a minimum of seven non-local awards and two local (Denver area) awards. Librarians new to public health are especially welcome to apply. Membership in the Medical Library Association is not required of applicants.

There is an extensive LibGuide designed to answer just about every question about the awards, and it also has the application form. For additional information, contact Helena VonVille, Chair, STAPH Committee, Library Director, University of Texas School of Public Health Library, Houston, TX.

BD2K Updates: Funding and Learning Opportunities

Data Science Funding Opportunities

  • The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) launches the Biomedical Data Translator program: Applications due June 1. Awards will be made by September 30. NCATS intends to commit $5,000,000 in FY 2016 to fund 2-5 awards. Future year support is contingent upon the availability of funds. For more information visit https://ncats.nih.gov/files/NCATS-Translator-FY16-FOA.pdf. Please direct all inquiries to: translator-questions@nih.gov.

Data Science Workshops

  • The Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics invites participants for a two-day workshop on the challenges of applying scientific inference to big data. For more information, including the preliminary program, visit the workshop website. The dates are June 8-9, 2016, at the Keck Center, Room 100, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. The workshop will be professionally webcast. To join either in person or online, please register by Monday, June 6. For questions about the workshop, please contact Michelle Schwalbe.

Data Science Articles and Blog posts

CDC Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grants

In January the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Library of Medicine announced that public health departments can now use funding from the CDC Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant to access journals, publications, the latest evidence and additional resources through the Public Health Information Access Project (PHIAP) of the National Library of Medicine. The mechanism was developed through the Centers for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control working with partners inside CDC and outside the agency. The goal of the project is to provide low-cost access to high-value, evidence-based resources to improve public health practice in state public health departments. Costs must be tied to state work plans. To obtain access to library services for your state health department, refer to the list of state block grant contacts about including this item in the state work plan.

NLM Welcomes Applications to the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine

Earlier this year, the National Library of Medicine announced its receipt of a generous gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation to support enhanced access to the Michael E. DeBakey Archives at the NLM and to establish the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine. NLM is now pleased to announce the first call for applications to the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine.

Michael E. DeBakey (1908–2008) was a legendary American surgeon, educator, and medical statesman. During a career spanning 75 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, raised medical education standards, and informed national health care policy. He pioneered dozens of operative procedures such as aneurysm repair, coronary bypass, and endarterectomy, which routinely save thousands of lives each year, and performed some of the first heart transplants. His inventions included the roller pump (a key component of heart-lung machines) as well as artificial hearts and ventricular assist pumps. He was a driving force in building Houston’s Baylor University College of Medicine into a premier medical center, where he trained several generations of top surgeons from all over the world.

The Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine will support individuals in pursuing research in NLM’s Michael E. DeBakey papers, related collections held by the NLM, and the vast range of subjects which informed, or were informed by, Michael E. DeBakey’s professional career – from surgery to health care policy, medical libraries and expanding access to medical information, medical technology to medical ethics, military medicine to veteran health, humanitarianism to international diplomacy in the medical arena. Applications are invited from anyone over the age of eighteen, of any academic discipline and status. Non-U.S. citizens may apply.

Fellowships of up to $10,000 will be awarded to individual applicants, not to institutions, to help offset the costs associated with visiting and using the NLM collections, but may not be used for institutional costs or overhead (e.g. clerical costs, supplies, or other attendant project expenses). To receive consideration, all materials must be submitted via the online system, by 5:00pm EDT, September 1, 2016. Awards will be announced by the end of the calendar year.

NLM Announces Reissuance of Career Development Award in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (K01)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Career Development Award in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (K01) is intended to provide support for promising junior investigators as they launch their research careers in biomedical informatics research and data science. NLM supports research career development in healthcare/clinical informatics, translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics and public health informatics. Informatics is defined as the intersection of computer science, information science, data science and social/behavioral sciences with one or more biomedical application domains. Application domains of interest include health care delivery and consumer health, translation of basic biological research to health outcomes, population medicine and public health, and the organization, analysis and use of biomedical big data. Regardless of the application domain, the research career focus should be informatics. The award is intended to promote the career development of informatics researchers who intend to make a long term commitment to biomedical informatics research. K01 awardees are expected to apply for NIH or other independent research grant support (R01 or equivalent) during the final year of the award. Candidates who received their training at one of NLM’s university-based biomedical informatics training programs are encouraged to apply.

Candidates for this award must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree or equivalent. Junior investigators (i.e. early stage of faculty positions within three years of initial appointments at time of application submission or resubmission) are eligible for this award and will have completed their research training. At the time of award, the institution must demonstrate that the applicant will have the academic title, space and other resources necessary to apply for research project grant (e.g., R01) level funding. The candidates must have research experience (length of time may vary) and be committed to developing into independent biomedical investigators in research areas relevant to the mission of the NLM. The program is not intended to support additional postdoctoral training and is not intended to support career changes from non-research to research careers for individuals without prior research training.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NLM Program Officer relevant to their research area before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to NLM’s current research priorities and for guidance on the proposed research and career development plans. Further information is available on the NLM web site.

Funding Opportunity: Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy Research Project Grants

HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering a grant opportunity for Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R01) (PAR-13-130). The goal of this program announcement is to encourage methodological, intervention and dissemination research for understanding and promoting health literacy. The closing date for applications is May 7, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to address health literacy as it pertains to health care, prevention, healthy living, chronic disease management, community health, cultural competence, and health disparities. Research questions can focus on consumers, patients, providers, health care teams, educators, communities and organizations or systems. Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The total project period may not exceed five years.

Scholarships Available for 2016 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums

To maximize training opportunities for people engaged in sustaining and advancing indigenous culture, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is providing up to $75,000 in scholarship funding for eligible applicants to attend the 2016 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums at the Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AZ (Gila River Indian Community). Pre-conference workshops take place on Monday, October 10 and conference sessions are scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday, October 11-12. Applications must be received by April 15, 2016.

Eligible candidates include:

  • Staff members of tribal archives, libraries, museums, historic preservation offices, and language programs.
  • Staff members of non-tribal cultural institutions who are tribally enrolled, or working directly with Native collections.
  • Students enrolled in college-level library, museum, or archival programs.

If awarded a scholarship, recipients are expected to volunteer at the conference, commit to attending a minimum of seven concurrent sessions and write a brief impact report. Scholarships are not intended to cover the full cost of attending the conference; successful applicants will be expected to make a contribution to their own expenses.

2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Solicitation Announced!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the solicitation of proposals for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects, from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. Quotations are due to NLM by June 13, 2016! The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval; skills development, resource development and dissemination; and/or equipment acquisition. Emphasis will be placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs: community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community; public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources; health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health; faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health. Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available, and is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

The NLM primary point of contact for the solicitation is Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist, and the secondary point of contact is Suet Vu, Contracting Officer.