Wanted—Innovative Informatics Approaches to Immunology

Funding News Edition: April 17, 2019
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Are you interested in immunology data and think you might be able to develop novel ways to analyze that type of data? If so, you’ll be glad to know that NIAID plans to fund contributors proposing new analytical approaches to the Immunology Database and Analysis Portal (ImmPort) through the Informatics Methodology and Secondary Analyses for Immunology Data in ImmPort (UH2, Clinical Trial Not Allowed) funding opportunity announcement (FOA).

Research Objectives

This FOA seeks applications investigating the following two broad research areas. You can address one or both in your application.

  • New tools and methods:
    • Automated study data feature extraction and quality assessment
    • Cross-study data analysis to identify relationships between immune cells, genes, signaling and metabolic pathways
    • User interfaces that enable cross-study analyses
  • Secondary analyses of existing immunology datasets in ImmPort:
    • Integrating immunology datasets to test specific immunological questions and validate new analytical approaches
    • Developing immunology reference datasets
    • Strengths and limitations of certain immune parameters when used across studies and platforms as a measure of immune responses

You may also use data in other public repositories in combination with ImmPort datasets. You can find examples of possible research areas in the FOA, but we advise you to ask Dr. Quan Chen, the scientific/research contact, for more information about the FOA’s scope before applying.

A Word About the Activity Code

This FOA uses the Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement Phase I (UH2) activity code, which may not be familiar to you.

The UH2 funding mechanism supports the investigation of novel scientific ideas or new model systems, tools, or technologies that have the potential for significant impact on biomedical or biobehavioral research.

NIAID does not require a UH2 grant application to have extensive background material or preliminary data.

Budget and Deadlines

Direct costs are limited to $275,000 over a maximum project period of two years. You may not request more than $200,000 in any single year.

The due date is October 1, 2019. If you plan to submit an optional letter of intent, you have until 30 days before the application deadline to do so.

Contact Us

Email us at deaweb@niaid.nih.gov for help navigating NIAID’s grant and contract policies and procedures.

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