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National Institutes of Health Announces Grants to Strengthen Biomedical Researchers

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is making available almost $100 million in grants over the next four years to strengthen the power of biomedical researchers to make clinical advances by helping them to crunch “big data.”

The NIH announcement noted that biomedical research is increasingly data-intensive, “with researchers routinely generating and using large, diverse datasets.” But the ability to manage and analyze the data is often limited by a lack of tools and training, NIH said.

NIH is calling its program the “Big Data to Knowledge Initiative." NIH will award $24 million in grants per year for four years to establish six to eight “Big Data to Knowledge Centers of Excellence.”

NIH plans an informational webinar for prospective applicants on September 12, 2013. Grant applications are due November 20, 2013.

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