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National Library of Medicine Awards Nearly $58 Million to Advance a Data-Driven Research Workforce

May 18, 2022

Over the next five years, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will award nearly $58 million to support biomedical informatics and data science programs at 18 institutions. NLM will distribute this funding on an annual basis, granting a total of $11.5 million each year. Recipients will develop training programs to prepare pre and postdoctoral trainees for interdisciplinary scientific research careers. Through this investment, NLM is continuing to build a well-trained, data-driven research workforce for the future.  

Recipients of NLM’s Institutional Grants for Research Training in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (T15) will focus training programs in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Health care/clinical informatics 
  • Translational bioinformatics
  • Clinical research informatics
  • Public health informatics
  • Consumer health informatics
  • HIV informatics and data science (supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases).  

This funding effort serves to develop, maintain, and renew scientific research capacity, a key goal in NIH’s Strategic Plan. NLM furthers this goal through funding training programs to inspire and empower a data-driven research workforce. Since first establishing a biomedical informatics training program in 1983, NLM has continuously advanced the biomedical and data science workforce; the current T15 program will support 110 biomedical informatics and data science predoctoral trainees, as well as around 60 postdoctoral trainees, per year. Each awarded institution will make special efforts to recruit individuals from underrepresented groups and economically, socially, culturally, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds into these research careers.  

Awarded institutions:  

Columbia University 
Project name: Training in Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University  
Contact PI: Noemie Elhadad  
Grant: LM007079-31 

Harvard Medical School 
Project name: Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Research Training Program 
Contact PI: Nils Gehlenborg  
Grant: LM007092-31 

Indiana-Purdue University at Indianapolis 
Project name: The Indiana Training Program in Public and Population Health Informatics 
Contact PI: Brian Dixon  
Grant: LM012502-06 

John Hopkins University 
Project name: Johns Hopkins Training Program in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science 
Contact PI: Christopher Chute 
Grant: LM013979-01 

Medical University of South Carolina 
Project name: SC Biomedical Informatics & Data Science For Health Equity Research Training 
Contact PI: Alexander Alekseyenko 
Grant: LM013977-01 

Oregon Health & Science University 
Project name: Research Training in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science at Oregon Health & Science University 
Contact PI: William Hersh  
Grant: LM007088-31 

Rice University 
Project name: NLM Research Training Program in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science for Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows 
Contact PI: Lydia Kavraki  
Grant: LM007093-31 

Stanford University 
Project name: Biomedical Informatics Training Program at Stanford  
Contact PI: Sylvia Plevritis  
Grant: LM007033-39 

State University of New York at Buffalo 
Project name: Buffalo Research Innovation in Genomic and Healthcare Technology Education 
Contact PI: Peter Elkin 
Grant: LM012495-06 

University of California, Los Angeles 
Project name: Biomedical Data Science Training Program for Precision Health Equity 
Contact PI: Bogdan Pasaniuc 
Grant: LM013976-01 

University of California, San Diego 
Project name: San Diego Biomedical Informatics Education & Research 
Contact PI: Lucila Ohno-Machado 
Grant: LM011271-11 

University of Colorado, Denver 
Project name: Colorado Biomedical Informatics Training Program 
Contact PI: Larry Hunter  
Grant: LM009451-16 

University of Pittsburgh 
Project name: Pittsburgh Biomedical Informatics Training Program 
Contact PI: Harry Hochheiser 
Grant: LM007059-36 

University of Utah 
Project name: University of Utah Biomedical Informatics Training Grant 
Contact PI: Karen Eilbeck  
Grant: LM007124-26 

University of Washington, Seattle 
Project name: University of Washington Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Research Training Program 
Contact PI: Peter Tarczy-Hornoch  
Grant: LM007442-21 

University of Wisconsin, Madison  
Project name: Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine 
Contact PI: Mark Craven 
Grant: LM007359-21 

Vanderbilt University 
Project name: Vanderbilt Biomedical Informatics Training Program 
Contact PI: Jessica Ancker 
Grant: LM007450-21 

Yale University 
Project name: Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Training at Yale  
Contact PI: Cynthia Brandt  
Grant: LM007056-36