Bridge2AI Program Launches With Funding Opportunities, June Event Series

Funding News Edition: June 02, 2021
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The NIH Common Fund’s Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) program aims to help propel biomedical research forward by setting the stage for widespread adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to tackle complex biomedical challenges beyond human intuition. Program goals include:

  • Generating new flagship biomedical and behavioral data sets that are ethically sourced, trustworthy, well-defined, and accessible
  • Developing software and standards to unify data attributes across multiple data sources and across data types
  • Creating automated tools to accelerate the creation of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) and ethically sourced data sets
  • Providing resources to disseminate data, ethical principles, tools, and best practices
  • Creating training materials and activities for workforce development that bridges the AI, biomedical, and behavioral research communities

In the blog post “NIH Strategically, and Ethically, Building a Bridge to AI (Bridge2AI),” the program’s working group describes a strategy to fund several interdisciplinary Data Generation Projects and one cross-cutting Integration, Dissemination and Evaluation (BRIDGE) Center to generate flagship data sets and best practices for collecting and preparing AI/ML-ready data.

To facilitate team building across communities and ensure applications are responsive, NIH encourages interested investigators to participate in the following activities:

  • Bridge2AI Program Town Hall—June 9, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time 
  • Bridge2AI Data Generation Project Module Microlabs—June 14, 16, and 18, 2021, each from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time 
  • Bridge2AI Grand Challenge Team Building Expo—June 23, 2021, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time 

Find event descriptions and registration links at Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) Scientific Meetings. Subscribe to the Bridge2AI Listserv for updates.

Visit Bridge2AI Program Resources and Bridge2AI Program FAQs for supplemental information, including guidance on building diverse teams and writing responsive applications.

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