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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

NIH Program Targets Bioinformatics, Computational Biology Projects

More good news for Bio, more so for Bioinfo & CompBio while the end of Jyly say House Passes Proposed 3 Percent NIH Funding Increase now NIH is really promoting Bio Science research to bring in a economic turn. The best of times is now!

A National Institutes of Health funding program will support exploratory research and development projects in informatics and computational biology that explore a range of areas, including genomics, medical genetics, proteomics, biomedical imaging, and a wide variety of other approaches.

Funded through the National Cancer Institute, the National Human Genome Research Institute, the other centers across NIH, the "Exploratory Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology" program will be coordinated by the NIH Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative committee.

Under the program, NIH will grant up to $275,000 over two years to academic institutes, small businesses, non-profits, state governments, and other groups who will conduct research aimed at rapidly advancing informatics and computational biology goals in database design, querying approaches, data retrieval, visualization, and integration.

Areas of interest include approaches for handling data from genomic sequencing studies, gene expression, proteomics, pathway data, biomedical imaging, and other areas.

NIH said that the program is seeking to fund the development of

  • Tools for data acquisition, archiving, querying, retrieval, visualization, integration and management;
  • Platform-independent translational tools for data exchange and for promoting interoperability;
  • Analytical and statistical tools for interpretation of large data sets;
  • New models or simulations of complex biological processes at single and multiple levels or across multiple scales.

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