Grants are available for fundamental and applied research in biomedical informatics and bioinformatics. Areas of research interest include: representation, organization and retrieval of biomedical and biological data and images; enhancement of human intellectual capacities through virtual reality, dynamic modeling, artificial intelligence, and machine learning; medical decision-making; linguistic analyses for natural language processing and understanding; informatics topics relevant to public health and informatics for disaster management.
- NLM Express Research Grants in Biomedical Informatics (R01) (PAR-16-404)
Support for rigorous scientific research in biomedical informatics and bioinformatics.
- Research Project Grant (NIH Parent R01) (PA-16-160)
For investigators whose needs are not met by NLM Express Research Grants (PAR-16-404).
- Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (NIH Parent R21) (PA-16-161)
Support for early and conceptual work in biomedical informatics, biotechnology information, and health sciences library and information science.
- NLM Informatics Conference Grants (R13) (PA-16-294)
Support for scientific meetings, conferences, and workshops that are relevant to biomedical informatics and bioinformatics.
- Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) (R15) (PA-16-200)
Support for faculty at educational institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH grants.
- NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Grants
Support for research, implementation, and training in data science and other relevant fields to enhance the use of biomedical Big Data.
- Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy Grants (R01 and R21) (PAR-13-130 and PAR-13-132)
Support to encourage empirical research on health literacy concepts, theory and interventions.
- Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities Grants (R01 and R21) (PAR-13-292 and PAR-13-288)
Support for behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disability disparities in the U.S. population.
- NIH Pioneer Award Program (DP1) (RFA-RM-16-005)
Support for individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and possibly transforming approaches to addressing major biomedical or behavioral challenges that have the potential to produce an unusually high impact on enhancing health, lengthening life, and reducing illness and disability.
- NIH Director's New Innvoator Award Program (DP2) (RFA-RM-16-004)
Support for early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research.
- NIH Director's Transformative Research Awards (R01) (RFA-RM-16-007)
Support for exceptionally innovative, original and/or unconventional research with potential to create new scientific paradigms, establish new clinical approaches, or develop transformative technologies.
- NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5) (RFA-RM-16-006)
Support for exceptional investigators to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degrees or clinical residencies.
Resource grants are designed to improve the dissemination, management and use of biomedical knowledge. Resource grants support the development and deployment of knowledge management tools, resources, and services that address identified, unmet needs for a broad audience.
- Regional Medical Libraries for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (UG4) (RFA-LM 15-003) NLM invites cooperative agreement applications for Regional Medical Libraries as an integral component of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Expired
- NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects (Admin Supp) (PA-15-249) Supplements to supported research and center grants to enhance storage, organization, management and use of electronic research data through the involvement of informationists. Expired
- Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health (G13) (PAR-16-417)
Support for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works of value to U.S. health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers and historians of the health sciences.
- Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Network Recruitment Innovation Centers (RICs) (U24) (RFA-TR-15-004) Support to develop and implement innovative informatics-driven approaches that will accelerate the design, conduct and completion of multi-site clinical trials. Expired
- NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08) (RFA-LM-17-002) Support for projects to bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and their health care providers.
NLM offers an early career development award to help informatics trainees make the transition to a successful independent research career. A loan repayment program provides for the repayment of educational loan debt of qualified health professionals.
- NLM Career Development Award in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (K01) (PAR-16-204)
Career development support for biomedical informaticians, leading to research independence.
- NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) (PA 16-077)
Career transition assistance for biomedical informaticians moving from mentored research to their first independent research program.
- BD2K Mentored Career Development Award in Biomedical Big Data Science for Clinicians and Doctorally Prepared Scientist (K01) (RFA-ES-16-002)
Big Data career development support for clinicians and scientists, leading to research independence.
- BD2K Mentored Career Development Award in Biomedical Big Data Science for Intramural Investigators (K22) (RFA-ES-16-003)
Big Data career development support for intramural investigators, leading to research independence.
- Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRP-CR and LRP-PR)
NLM has suspended our participation in the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP). If you are interested in applying to the LRP, please refer to www.lrp.nih.gov and direct your inquiry to one of the other NIH Institutes/Centers.
To assure an adequate national pool of informatics researchers and health information specialists, training is offered through formal programs and individual fellowships.
- University Biomedical Informatics Research Training Programs (T15)
Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research training in biomedical informatics is available at University-based Biomedical Informatics Research Training Programs supported by NLM.
- Revisions to Add Big Data Training to NLM Training Grants in Biomedical Informatics (T15) (RFA-HG-14-006)
Competitive supplements to add Big Data Science tracks to active T15 informatics training grants.
- Predoctoral Training in Biomedical Big Data Science (T32) (RFA-HG-14-004) Expired
Support for graduate training programs in Big Data Science.
- Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (F30/F31) (PA-16-306, PA-16-309 and PA-16-308)
Support for individualized mentored research training in biomedical informatics.
- Research Grant Supplement (Diversity) (PA-16-288)
Supplements to existing NLM research grants to promote diversity in health-related research.
- Research Grant Supplement (Reentry) (PA-16-289)
Supplements to existing NLM research grants to promote reentry into biomedical and behavioral research careers.
- Science of Behavior Change: Use-inspired Basic Research to Optimize Behavior Change Interventions and Outcomes (Admin Supp) (PA-16-334)
Support research that informs the foundation of an experimental medicine approach to behavior change.
- Open Education Resources for Biomedical Big Data (R25) (RFA-HG-14-009) Expired
Development of creative educational activities with a focus on Curriculum or Methods Development.
- BD2K Open Educational Resources for Skills Development in Biomedical Big Data Science (R25) (RFA-HG-16-016)
Support creative activities with a primary focus on Courses for Skills Development.
- NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science (R25) (RFA-MD-15-005) Expired
Support creative educational activities with a primary focus on research experiences and curriculum development.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grants are made to U.S. small businesses that seek to undertake informatics research and development leading to commercialization. The STTR program requires a small business applicant organization to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.
- Small Business Innovation Research Grants (SBIR) (R43/R44) (PA-16-302) and STTR (R41/42) (PA-16-303)
Support for small businesses that seek to undertake informatics research and development leading to commercialization. Phase I, Phase II and Fast-Track.
- Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (SBIR) (R43/R44)(PA-14-154) and STTR (R41/R42) (PA-14-157)
Support innovative technologies in biomedical computing, informatics, and Big Data Science in biomedical research. Phase I, Phase II and Fast-Track.
- Innovative Health Information Technology for Broad Adoption by Healthcare Systems and Consumers (SBIR) (R44) (PA-12-196) Expired
Support for small businesses that seek to undertake informatics research and development leading to commercialization in the area of Health IT. The SBC must have received a prior Phase I award or may apply for a Fast-Track (Phase I/Phase II) under this FOA.