NIH Joins NSF for Initiative Supporting Smart Health Research

Funding News Edition: December 16, 2020
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NIH and the National Science Foundation (NSF) partnered to issue Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science (SCH), a funding opportunity centered on developing transformative and translational advances in computer and information science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, and behavioral and cognitive research to address pressing questions in the biomedical and public health communities.

Applications should address technological and data science challenges that require fundamental research and development of new tools, workflows, and methods across many dimensions, including these six scientific themes: Information Infrastructure, Transformative Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Novel Multimodal Sensor System Hardware, Effective Usability, Automating Health, and Medical Image Interpretation. The initiative will support only multidisciplinary projects that bridge at least two different scientific fields or topics.

Virtually attend the NSF 21-530 Webinar (Passcode: nCLU1d) next Monday, December 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. Eastern Time to learn more about the program’s goals and requirements.

Ultimately, such advances will enable robust multimodal sensor systems and platforms that address multiple aspects of human biology, physiology, and behavior simultaneously to create personalized predictive models.

NIAID’s Areas of Interest

NIAID is interested in funding Smart & Connected Health projects that align with NIAID’s mission to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases, including allergy, autoimmunity, and immune reactions associated with transplantations.

This includes basic and applied research projects that

  • Develop remote and noninvasive technologies to enable detecting and diagnosing infectious diseases at the point of need and point of care.
  • Innovate in biomedical imaging, including artificial intelligence approaches for clinical interpretation.
  • Demonstrate effective use of data science to address health disparities.
  • Expand training and expertise in data science.
  • Monitor infectious diseases or microbiome at home and in health-care settings.
  • Assist in ensuring drug adherence for antibiotics and antivirals.

NIH’s participation and research interests were originally announced in a November 24, 2020 Guide notice. Contact Ishwar Chandramouliswaran if you have questions specific to NIAID’s research interests.

Administrative Details

To apply, follow the instructions and directions provided in the NSF program solicitation linked above.

Projects are capped at a four-year performance period with a maximum annual budget of $300,000. Your budget should include travel funds for key personnel to attend an annual Smart Health principal investigator meeting.

There are three application deadlines: February 16, 2021; November 10, 2021; and November 10, 2022.

Investigators whose applications are selected for potential funding by a participating NIH institute will need to resubmit their application in an NIH-approved format. NIH will send further information on submission procedures to those applicants at a future date.

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