Supplement Funding Supports Software Tools for Open Science

Funding News Edition: March 18, 2020
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As part of NIH’s push for a modernized and integrated biomedical data ecosystem, we will fund projects to address robustness, sustainability, reusability, and scalability of existing biomedical research software tools and workflows of recognized scientific value.

Through Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements To Support Enhancement of Software Tools for Open Science, current grantees can apply for funding of in-scope projects to produce robust, sustainable, or cloud-ready research software. Use the Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp, Clinical Trial Optional) funding opportunity announcement to apply and be sure to list "NOT-OD-20-073" in the Agency Routing Identifier field (box 4B) of the SF 424 R&R form.

The supplements are intended to support collaborations between biomedical scientists and software engineers to enhance the design, implementation, and “cloud-readiness” of research software. Find a list of example projects in the NOSI linked above.

Through these awards, the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) intends to help researchers who have developed scientifically valuable software to make tools sustainable, contribute to open science, and take advantage of new data science and computing paradigms. ODSS further explains the initiative’s intentions in its news post Notice of Special Interest: Administrative Supplements To Support Enhancement of Software Tools for Open Science.

Be sure to demonstrate the use of best software engineering practices and design principles and make data findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable—or FAIR. These practices are a key part of our plan to implement the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science

Administrative Details

To receive an administrative supplement, the parent award cannot be in the final year or in a no-cost extension period at the time of the administrative supplement award. Only parent awards of the following activity codes are eligible: R01, U01, R03, R00, R21, R33, R35, R37, and R61.

Note that the Research Strategy section of the application is limited to three pages.

Budgets are limited to $150,000 direct costs.

The deadline to apply is May 15, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. local time of the applicant organization.

Direct any questions about the NOSI to Jessica Mazerik.

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