Joint NIH/NSF Opportunity Seeks Transformative Advances Using Data Science

Funding News Edition: October 06, 2021
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Does your research tap into data science or emerging technologies such as advanced sensors and artificial intelligence? Do you have a multidisciplinary approach to investigating allergic, immune-mediated, and infectious diseases? Consider applying for the program solicitation Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science (SCH).

SCH is a joint National Science Foundation (NSF) and NIH funding initiative 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.

In a November 24, 2020 Guide notice, NIAID announced its participation in the initiative and described priority research areas that align with our 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 to:

  • 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

Both individual investigators and research collaborations are welcome to apply, but note that research proposals must be multi-disciplinary and include at least two different scientific disciplines as outlined in the program solicitation. Clinical trials are not allowed.

Administrative Details

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 two remaining application deadlines for the SCH initiative: November 10, 2021, and November 10, 2022.

Contact Dr. Steve Tsang at or 240-627-3330 if you have questions specific to NIAID’s research interests.

Important: Before preparing your proposal, email a one-page summary to NSF at that briefly describes:

  • Your research project
  • Intellectual merit (specific advances you expect to make in fundamental science or engineering)
  • Broader impacts (health outcomes, outreach, and education)

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