Research and Funding

Funding Opportunities

Exploratory Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology (R21)

Funding Number: PAR-09-219
Funding Type: PAR
Release Date: August 17, 2009
Expiration Date: September 8, 2013
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Purpose. The NIH is interested in promoting research and developments in biomedical informatics and computational biology that will support rapid progress in areas of scientific opportunity in biomedical research. As defined here, biomedical informatics and computational biology includes database design, graphical interfaces, querying approaches, data retrieval, data visualization and manipulation, data integration through the development of integrated analytical tools, and tools for electronic collaboration, as well as computational and mathematical research including the development of structural, functional, integrative, and analytical computational models and simulations. Mechanism of Support. This FOA will utilize the R21 grant mechanism. This FOA is intended to support exploratory biomedical informatics and computational biology researchapplications should be innovative, with high risk/high impact in new areas that are lacking preliminary data or development. Applications for R21 awards should describe projects distinct from those supported through the traditional R01 mechanism. For example, long-term projects or projects designed to increase knowledge in a well-established area will not be considered for R21 awards. This initiative is run in parallel with announcements with similar scientific scope for R01 research PAR-09-218, as well as small business innovation research (SBIR) PAR-09-220 and small business technology transfer research (STTR) PAR-09-221. Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. Awards issued under this FOA are contingent upon the availability of funds and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.