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NLM Invests $8 Million to Develop Diverse Biomedical Informatics, Data Science Training Programs

September 27, 2022

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is issuing grants to 12 institutions to support short-term biomedical informatics and data science training programs. NLM will issue these awards on an annual basis ($1.6 million each year) for five years, totaling an investment of $8 million to develop programs that prepare students for biomedical informatics and data science graduate studies and research careers.

These programs will support 135 undergraduate and masters-level students per year in short-term—mostly summer—training programs. Each institution will implement a plan to enhance the recruitment and retention of trainees from historically underrepresented groups in these fields to advance a well-trained, diverse research workforce for the future.

Recipients of the Short-Term Research Education Experiences to Attract Talented Students to Biomedical Informatics/Data Science Careers and Enhance Diversity awards will focus their training programs in the following areas: health care, clinical and translational informatics, precision medicine, public health informatics, personal health informatics, and data science.

Awarded institutions:

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Project name: SeattleStatSummer for Biomedical Data Science Research Training  
Contact PI: Megan Othus
Grant: LM014210-01

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
Project name: DataWiz-IN Scholars Program for Biomedical Informatics Workforce in Indiana
Contact PI: Sarath Chandra Janga
Grant: LM014209-01

Meharry Medical College
Project name: The Fisk-Meharry-Vanderbilt Biomedical Informatics Ecosystem to Support Diverse Students in Data Science 
Contact PI: Fortune Mhlanga
Grant: LM014216-01

Oregon Health & Science University 
Project name: Attracting Talented and Diverse Students to Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Careers Through Short-Term Study at OHSU 
Contact PI: William R. Hersh
Grant: LM014207-01

State University Of New York at Buffalo 
Project name: Buffalo Research Innovation in Genomic and Healthcare Technology (BRIGHT) Short-Term Training and Education 
Contact PI: Peter L. Elkin  
Grant: LM014213-01

Texas A&M University Health Science Center 
Project name: The Biomedical Informatics and Behavioral Sciences (BIBS) Summer Research Program 
Contact PI: Peggy Timothe  
Grant: LM014219-01

The Ohio State University
Project name: OSU Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science 
Contact PI: Courtney L. Hebert 
Grant: LM014223-01

University of Arizona 
Project name: Place-based Culturally Responsive Health Informatics Research Education (PHIRE) Program  
Contact PI: Vignesh Subbian  
Grant: LM014225-01

University of Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh
Project name: Building Accessible and Inclusive Paths for Students in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science 
Contact PI: Richard David Boyce
Grant: LM014208-01

University of Texas Arlington
Project name: Training and Experiential Learning in Biomedical Informatics (TExBioMed)
Contact PI: Gabriela Mustata Wilson
Grant: LM014215-01

Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Project name: Culturally Augmented Learning in Biomedical Informatics Research (CALIBIR) Program 
Contact PI: Metin Nafi Gurcan 
Grant: LM014214-01

Washington University
Project name: Biomedical Informatics and Data Science at Institute for Informatics (BIDS@I2)
Contact PI: Po-Yin Yen
Grant: LM014224-01