The following funding and conference opportunities are available on this page. Keep visiting this page for the latest updates on various opportunities.

  • Joint NSF/NIH Initiative on Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Big Data  (QuBBD)

Recent advances in medical and healthcare technologies are creating a paradigm shift in how medical practitioners and biomedical researchers approach the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases.  New imaging technologies, advances in genetic testing, and innovations in wearable and/or ambient sensors are allowing researchers to predict health outcomes and develop personalized treatments or interventions.

Coupled with the rapid growth in computing and infrastructure, researchers now have the ability to collect, store, and analyze vast amounts of health- and disease-related data from biological, biomedical, behavioral, social, environmental, and clinical studies.  The explosion in the availability of biomedical big data from disparate sources, and the complex data structures including images, networks, and graphs, pose significant challenges in terms of visualization, modeling, and analysis. 

Please read more at the NSF Website.

  • The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC) Pilot Grant Funding Opportunity

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC), under the direction of E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, at the University of Iowa, is pleased to announce another cycle of Pilot & Feasibility (P&F) Grants for studies related to diabetes and obesity. 

Award recipients receive $50,000 per year in direct costs; renewable for a second year, pending satisfactory progress. Important deadlines include: (1) letter of intent by June 1, 2017 and (2) the final proposal submission date of June 30, 2017. Information regarding eligibility and the application procedure can be found here:

  • Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)

Deadline: January 18, 2017 and October 09, 2017. Second Monday in October, Annually Thereafter


This solicitation calls for developing innovative, scalable training programs to address the emerging needs and unresolved bottlenecks in scientific and engineering workforce development of targeted, multidisciplinary communities, at the postsecondary level and beyond, leading to transformative changes in the state of workforce preparedness for advanced CI in the short and long terms. A primary goal is to broaden CI access and adoption by (i) increasing or deepening the accessibility of methods and resources of advanced CI and of computational and data science and engineering by a wide range of institutions and scientific communities with lower levels of CI adoption to date; and (ii) harnessing the capabilities of larger segments of diverse underrepresented groups. Proposals from and in partnership with the aforementioned communities are especially encouraged. For student training, a key concern is not to increase the time to degree; hence the emphasis shall be on out-of-class, informal training.

  • Enabling New Collaborations Between Computer and Information Science & Engineering (CISE) and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Research Communities

Deadline: Two rounds of submissions are anticipated, with approximately five EAGERs awarded during each round, subject to the availability of funds. The anticipated deadlines for submission of EAGER proposals are December 1, 2016, and April 1, 2017, for the first and second rounds, respectively.


With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing its intention to build upon the success of previous EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs) in the areas supported by the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program (see NSF 16-580, and to encourage the submission of additional EAGER proposals that foster novel interdisciplinary research carried out in new collaborations between one or more Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) researchers and one or more Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) researchers. Note that this DCL is focused on new collaborations; research teams with a history of collaborating together should instead submit directly to the SaTC solicitation, pursuant to the proposal preparation guidelines specified therein.

Some of the example topics that researchers can work on are given on the NSF Website with additional details for this DCL.

  • Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) Solicitation from NSF

Preliminary Proposal Deadline: November 30, 2016; Full Proposal Deadline: February 16, 2017


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published the Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation, spanning the Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE); Education and Human Resources (EHR); Engineering (ENG); Geosciences (GEO); and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE). 

The goal of the S&CC program solicitation is to support strongly interdisciplinary, integrative research and research capacity-building activities that will improve understanding of smart and connected communities and lead to discoveries that enable sustainable change to enhance community functioning.  The solicitation calls for proposals that include clearly articulated community engagement.  For the purposes of this year’s solicitation, communities are considered physical, geographically-defined entities, such as towns, cities, or incorporated rural areas, often consisting of diverse and varied populations, with a governance structure and the ability to engage in meaningful ways with the proposed research.

This S&CC solicitation will support research projects in four categories: Integrative Research Grants (IRGs) Track 1, IRGs Track 2, S&CC Research Coordination Networks (RCNs), and Planning Grants.It should be noted that preliminary proposals are required for IRGs Track 1 and Track 2 only and are due November 30, 2016. For information regarding an upcoming webinar, S&CC activities and additional funding opportunities, please visit

  • BD2K Support for Meetings of Data Science Related Organizations (U13)

Application Deadline: December 15, 2016; November 31, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.


This FOA, which uses the NIH conference cooperative agreement program (U13), is part of the NIH-wide initiative, Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K). Data science related organizations have a critical role in advancing biomedical data science but often depend on meetings to carry out the work that will foster greater cooperation of efforts with the NIH. Therefore, the purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support high quality and impactful conferences/meetings that are convened by data science related organizations whose missions focus on biomedical data science.
Full details at NIH Website.

  • Joint NSF/NIH Initiative on Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Big Data (QuBBD)

Application Deadline: September 28 for year 2016, September 12 for year 2017 and second Tuesday annually in each following year. 


From the NSF's program office "The Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Big Data Program is designed to support research that addresses important application areas at the intersection of the biomedical and data sciences by encouraging inter- and multi-disciplinary collaborations that focus on innovative and transformative approaches to address these challenges."
Full details at: NSF Website

  • NIH: BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development: Data Science Overview for Biomedical Scientists (R25)

Application Deadline to DSP: 11/23/2016 and to the sponsor: 12/02/2016


The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The over-arching goal of this BD2K R25 program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs.   
To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on Curriculum or Methods Development in Big Data Science to augment current institutional curricula for the training of pre-doctoral level biomedical scientists, and provide concentrated instruction in the tools, approaches and quantitative analysis concepts in data science. To facilitate the integration of data science into biomedical curricula nationally, this FOA seeks to support a cohort of institutions that will work collaboratively and collectively to produce curricular materials that are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR).
For additional details, visit OVPR's Website.

  • NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Community-Based Data and Metadata Standards Efforts (R24)

Application Deadline: October 19, 2016 and October 19, 2017


This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), under the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, is to provide time-limited, catalytic support for activities necessary to develop or extend and refine data and metadata standards and/or related tools in areas relevant to the NIH's basic, translational, and clinical research mission. Projects can support activities at any point in the data standards lifecycle and should build on existing partnerships, infrastructure, and resources whenever possible.  Projects must demonstrate a compelling science community interest and need for standards efforts in the specific domain(s) of interest, as well as a plan for meaningful engagement of the end-user communities and relevant stakeholders in the process. The data standard and any associated tools or products developed should be made freely available to the scientific research community via a curated, searchable portal. Projects should address long-term maintenance and sustainability of the data standard after the period of the NIH award; issues to be considered include approaches for dissemination, evaluation, and refinement.  Both short-term and longer-term projects are eligible.
Visit NIH's Website for more details.

  • NLM Express Research Grants in Biomedical Informatics (R01)

Application Deadline: Cycle I: February 5, Cycle II: June 5 and Cycle III: October 5


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers support for innovative research in biomedical informatics and data science. The scope of NLM's interest in the research domain of informatics is broad and interdisciplinary, developing methods and approaches in biomedical computing, data science and related information fields for application domains of health and biomedicine, including health care delivery, basic biomedical research, clinical and translational research, precision medicine, public health, biosurveillance, health information management in disasters, and similar areas. NLM defines biomedical informatics as the science of optimal representation, organization, management, integration and presentation of information relevant to human health and biology, for purposes of learning, sharing and use.
Visit NIH's Website for more details.