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The Early Investigator Advancement Program (EIAP) will accept applications from October 1 – November 1, 2022 for its second cohort of EIAP Scholars. With the support of the Equity Council, NCI launched EIAP in late 2021 to facilitate the advancement of scientists from diverse backgrounds to become independent investigators. Each year, EIAP supports the professional and career development of a cohort of eligible…Close
NIH launched the Long COVID Computational Challenge, which will award up to $500k in support of data-driven solutions that help us understand the risks of developing the condition. The primary objective of the Long COVID Computational Challenge (L3C) is to focus on the prognostic problem by developing AI/ML models and algorithms that serve as open-source tools for using structured medical records to identify which patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 have a high likelihood of developing PASC/Long…Close
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06/23/2022: Register to attend the 2022 Technology Showcase. The annual Technology Showcase, scheduled for September 7, 2022, will highlight how to work with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Frederick National Laboratory. It will feature technologies being developed at the NCI and FNL to encourage start-up company formation, technology licensing and collaborations.
06/22/2022: Register for the Data + AI Summit, June 27-30, 2022, San Francisco + Virtual! Registration is FREE for the world’s largest data and AI conference! View the agenda– four days packed with keynotes by industry visionaries, technical sessions, hands-on training, and networking. “Building the modern data stack with Lakehouse.” Contact firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
06/14/2022: The Division of Radiation and Cancer Biology in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Stanford University seeks a Ph.D. to join the Department as an Assistant Professor in the Non-Tenure Line (Research). Stanford seeks applicants committed to developing an academic program focused on computational oncology in areas relevant to the field of radiation therapy (e.g. radiation biology, treatment response prediction, cancer immunology, cancer detection, etc.). Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. and postdoc in the area of computational oncology. Applicants should also have expertise in development and application of machine learning/artificial intelligence approaches for translational cancer research and demonstrated prior substantial scholarly contributions in these areas. For more information: https://facultypositions.stanford.edu/en-us/job/493409/assistant-professor-computational-oncology-nontenure-lineresearch-in-radiation-oncology
05/19/2022: U.S. Department of Energy’s INCITE program seeks proposals for 2023: https://www.doeleadershipcomputing.org/. INCITE’s open call provides an opportunity for researchers to pursue transformational advances in science and technology through large allocations of computer time and supporting resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF). Both are DOE Office of Science user facilities located at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, respectively. The deadline to apply is June 17.
05/18/2022: Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research issued a request for proposal. To further advance AI in Medical Imaging (AIMI) large datasets, acquired through routine standard of care, are needed to train and evaluate the performance of the ML/AI algorithms. The datasets need to be correctly de-identified to maintain patient privacy while at the same time preserving as much scientifically relevant information as possible. Large datasets from the existing standard of care radiology practice, along with companion clinical data, are needed for the training and development of ML/AI algorithms by the research community. Offerors must contact Connor Cigrang, Subcontract Administrator, for the official RFP Document and Attachments. Interested vendors must advise the SCA of intention to bid no later than 5PM, May 23, 2022. All questions and requests for clarification are due by 5PM, May 23, 2022 and will be answered no later than 5PM, Tuesday, May 31, 2022. There will be no Offeror Teleconference.
04/27/2022: Register for the NCI virtual meeting on Machine Learning and Health Outcomes in Cancer Care Delivery Research, on May 16 – 17, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm ET! Join multidisciplinary clinicians and researchers to identify scientific gaps, barriers, and opportunities in this emerging area of cancer-focused healthcare research. Visit the website for more information. events.cancer.gov/hdrp/machinelearning
04/21/2022: ATOM Consortium’s next webinar is happening on May 18, featuring speaker Jim Brase, ATOM Co-lead. Learn how computing and machine learning can accelerate molecular optimization for cancer and infectious disease therapeutics. Register here.
04/20/2022: "Getting a Grant from NCI" Webinar: TOMORROW from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET, Dr. Dan Gallahan (the Director of the NCI Division of Cancer Biology) will be joined by Drs. Joanna Watson (NCI), Amy Rubinstein (NIH Center for Scientific Review), and Shannon Hughes (NCI) for a special virtual session on NCI grant policies. It will cover considerations for new and experienced applicants, as well as information about peer review. Register here
03/31/2022: Attend the NCI-DOE Collaboration IMPROVE Bidders Conference on April 6, 2022 – 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Interested in the RFP for the Innovative Methodologies and New Data for Predictive Oncology Model Evaluation (IMPROVE) project?
Register for the Project Bidders Conference on April 6, 2022, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., ET! Successful bidders to the RFP will be awarded one-year contracts (with up to two additional option years) to collaborate on the curation of publicly available deep learning models and data for therapeutic outcome prediction in order to develop a deep learning model comparison framework. Funding will be provided to multiple groups by the National Cancer Institute through the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. Registration deadline: 5 p.m., ET – Tuesday, April 5, 2022. For more information, visit the event site.
03/17/2022: Attend the Maximizing the Value of Cancer Data Virtual Symposium, April 4, 2022, Noon to 5 p.m. ET. The meeting is conducted by Ci4CC, the nonprofit society providing a focused forum for NCI Designated & Community Cancer Centers. For details: https://irp.cdn-website.com/14337b47/files/uploaded/Ci4CC%20Spring%202022%20Abstract.pdf
Speakers will focus on:
- Precision Oncology Platforms
- Cancer Real World Evidence and Advanced Pathways in Oncology
- Oncology Data Standards
- Role of AI/ML in Omics supporting cancer research and care
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion in Cancer Informatics – how do we change and improve?
02/17/2022: Attend Precision Medicine Applications in Radiation Oncology, a meeting sponsored by The Cancer informatics for Cancer Centers (Ci4CC), August 29–31, 2022. This in-person symposium in Santa Barbara, CA will feature invited talks on innovative applications of computational, quantitative, and machine learning approaches to enhance the precision of biomarker development, theranostics, decision support, and workflow in radiation oncology. There will also be a call for scientific abstracts that will be featured in a poster session.
Ci4CC is a nonprofit society providing a focused forum for NCI Designated & Community Cancer Centers that has a special focus on Precision Medicine, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Healthcare IT, Translational Research, & Digital Platforms targeting Executive Informatics & Research IT leaders nationally.
02/15/2022: Researchers and professionals involved in drug discovery are invited to join ATOM Consortium’s webinar on February 28, 2022, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm ET, featuring John Baldoni, PhD, CEO of ATOM Research Alliance. Attendees will learn how the ATOM Research Alliance is changing the field. The alliance is available to all with an adaptable business relationship to fit the collaborators needs. Learn more and register here: https://bit.ly/3qRAII1 #theATOMapproach
02/14/2022: IMAG, the Interagency Modeling and Analysis, Group, is hosting a webinar on Collaboration and Team Science: Mindset Matters featuring L. Michelle Bennett, PhD, on March 3, 2022 from 2:30-3:30 pm ET. Abstract: Team Science, the convergence of different disciplines, is essential today for addressing our most complex scientific challenges. But there is more to successful collaboration than assembling scientific experts. There is strong data to support a need for the team to focus on both the science as well as the team functioning, or relationships, to be maximally effective. Strong relationships and personal well-being, in the context of the team, make important contributions to overall team productivity. Team scientists are also beginning to better understand the importance of individual and team mindset as a driving force for both the behaviors and the results the team gets. The Team Effectiveness Model for Science (TEMS) provides a framework for understanding the value of the mutual learning mindset as the core for the team, upon which they can then develop team specific scientific and relationship mindsets in support of their work together. TEMS helps answer the question of how a team can benefit from the multiple dimensions of diversity, essential for creativity and innovation, without those same differences undermining the teams functioning and performance. See https://www.imagwiki.nibib.nih.gov/resources, for this presentation link and associated publication link
02/11/2022: Check out these two NIH Notices of Special Interest to improve artificial intelligence/machine learning collaborations:
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements to Support Collaborations to Improve the AI/ML-Readiness of NIH-Supported Data: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-22-067.html. Applications due March 17, 2022.
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements for Advancing the Ethical Development and Use of AI/ML in Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-22-065.html. Applications due March 31, 2022.
02/09/2022: Apply for a new 5-day NIH Innovation Lab, A Data Ecosystems Approach to Ethical AI for Biomedical and Behavioral Research to be held on March 14-18, 2022, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET. Applications are due by February 14, 2022 at 5 pm ET. Participants in this virtual workshop will form and prepare collaborative research teams to develop innovative social and technical approaches to define and implement ethics across the AI data ecosystem. Organizers seek a broad spectrum of participant expertise in areas including behavioral and biomedical research, data management and data science, IRB review, data and technology standards, data repositories, AI model development, computer science and computational tool development, social science, ethics, tech law and data sharing policy, patient advocacy, and community engagement. We anticipate the interdisciplinary collaborations will result in peer-reviewed publications and prepare teams for submitting proposals to NIH-funding opportunities. Applicants will be informed of their selection no later than February 22, 2022. See the website for more information: https://apply.hub.ki/aiandethicsinnovationlab/.
01/11/2022: The NIH Office of Data Science Strategy is seeking a Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator to lead the office’s AIM-AHEAD program. The Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity Program is a flag-ship initiative at the intersection of artificial intelligence and health equity. This program establishes mutually beneficial and coordinated partnerships to increase the participation and representation of researchers and communities currently underrepresented in the development of AI/ML models and enhance the capabilities of this emerging technologies. A detailed job description will be posted on January 18 at http://jobs.nih.gov/globalrecruitment. Applications will be open from January 18-27, 2022. This position will be open to both internal and external candidates and will be located in Montgomery County, Maryland once NIH returns to an in-person status.
12/08/2021: A new DARPA program solicitation was published late last week. The Special Notice with registration information for the virtual Automating Scientific Knowledge Extraction and Modeling (ASKEM) Proposers Day is available here. The BAA can be found here and at Grants.gov. Although the registration is closed for the Proposers Day, they intend to post the Proposers Day presentations and video after the fact if you are unable to attend but still interested. Questions can be directed to ASKEM@darpa.mil.
12/06/2021: Save the Date for AI in Cancer Research and Clinical Care: Turning Promise into Reality! A Hood College and FNLCR Symposium - April 26-28, 2022. This symposium brings together experts from across North America to discuss the latest applications of AI in cancer research and clinical care while providing insights on the path forward to unlock the full potential of AI. Registration opens January 2022. For more information hood.edu/fnl_ai
12/03/2021: Check out this commentary written by members of the ECICC Community and appearing in Nature Medicine that describes how digital twins can transform cancer care.
10/27/2021: The National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Biology (NCI DCB) and IBM Research are partnering to build a Community of Accelerated Discovery composed of a multi-disciplinary group of researchers focused on the discovery implications of clinical translation of biologically informed combination therapies for cancer. Apply to the Ideas Lab here. Deadline is November 22, 2021.
10/14/2021: Interested in AI in drug discovery? Register for the NCI virtual, interactive workshop on Rational Drug Discovery on October 18-19, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, ET. Topics include key developments in structural biology, chemical biology and novel modalities, target interrogation, and artificial intelligence (AI) in drug discovery. See the Workshop Agenda and Participant Bios for more information.
10/05/2021: Applications for the Sallie Rosen Kaplan (SRK) Fellowship for Women Scientists in Cancer Research program are being solicited from the current NCI female postdoctoral population. The self-nomination consists of a personal statement and support from your current mentor and lab/branch chief. The SRK program provides additional didactic and experiential exposure to the competencies necessary to retain women as productive contributors to the biomedical research community and to be better equipped to transition to independent research careers. The program will take applications until Friday, October 15th. The SRK program starts in November 2021.
09/30/2021: NIH Request for Information (RFI): Search Capabilities across the Biomedical Landscape for NIH-wide Data Discovery, NOT-OD-21-187. With this RFI NIH seeks input on use cases, expectations, and capabilities for enabling data and information discovery (search) to enhance NIH-wide data discovery and its reuse. In particular, NIH would like to understand better researchers’ experiences and expectations in finding data and information that would greatly enable their research capabilities and uncover underlying barriers or opportunities that can move the search landscape forward. All comments must be submitted electronically on the https://datascience.nih.gov/search-capabilities-across-the-biomedical-landscape. The RFI will close on December 3, 2021
09/07/2021: Abstracts deadline for the Seventh Computational Approaches for Cancer Workshop (CAFCW21) extended to Monday, September 13, 2021! The workshop will be held in person and virtually on November 14, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT, in St. Louis, Missouri, in conjunction with SC21: The International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. A special emphasis for CAFCW21 is digital twins in cancer research and care.
08/11/2021: Check out these just-published RFIs to help NIH and FDA identify gaps in AI development in next gen sequencing (NGS) and radiologic applications. Response date is November 1, 2021, for both.
07/16/2021: Watch Eric Stahlberg, PhD, Director, Biomedical Informatics and Data Science, Frederick National Laboratory, preview the Seventh Computational Approaches for Cancer Workshop held in conjunction with Supercomputing 21 in St. Louis, MO, on November 14, 2021. Submit your abstracts today: https://ncihub.org/groups/cafcw/cafcw21!
07/14/2021: Attend the informational webinar for Research Opportunity Announcement (ROA) entitled “AIM-AHEAD Coordinating Center: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity” (OTA-21-017) Thursday, July 15, 2021. The ROA was published on July 13. The Coordinating Center will build a consortium comprising four main cores (Leadership/Administration, Data Science Training, Data and Research, Infrastructure), and applicants may address one or more of these cores.
07//06/2021: NCI Director Dr. Norman (Ned) Sharpless and NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics & Information Technology Director Anthony (Tony) Kerlavage, PhD, published a commentary on NCI’s commitment to AI for cancer care and research in BBA Reviews on Cancer. The article references the work of the NCI-DOE Collaboration.
06/30/2021: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) will hold a public pre-application webinar for "Radiation Oncology-Biology Integration Network (ROBIN) Centers (U54 Clinical Trial Required). The pre-application webinar will be on July 16, 2021, at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT. RFA: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-21-040.html
06/03/2021: Registration is now open for the NIH Common Fund Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) program’s team building activities! Register today to gain access to networking opportunities, hear from NIH Leadership about their vision for Bridge2AI, and to register to attend the June 2021 Team Building Activities. These events are designed to facilitate team building across communities, ensure responsiveness of proposals, and to help support the formation of teams richly diverse in perspectives, backgrounds, and academic and technical disciplines. NIH strongly encourages potential proposers to participate.
06/02/2021: Attend the Fourth ISC Workshop on HPC Applications in Precision Medicine as part of the virtual ISC High Performance 2021 (http://isc-hpc.com), July 2, 2021, 2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Central European Time. Workshop website: https://ncihub.org/groups/hapm21; Registration: https://www.isc-hpc.com/registration-2021.html
05/25/2021: We are pleased to announce that the Seventh Computational Approaches for Cancer Workshop (CAFCW21) will be held in person on November 14, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT, in St. Louis, Missouri, in conjunction with SC21: The International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. The special emphasis for CAFCW21 is digital twins in cancer research and treatment.
05/21/2021: The Accelerating Therapeutics for Opportunities in Medicine (ATOM) consortium is a public-private partnership with the mission of transforming drug discovery by accelerating the development of more effective therapies for patients. See their latest newsletter here and sign up for updates.
05/20/2021: Check out this article on how the work of the NCI-DOE Collaboration helped lay the groundwork in the fight against COVID-19. "DOE’s main experience with early-stage drug development was in 2016’s Cancer Moonshot. program, an initiative that HPC to medicine and supported collaborations among DOE, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), academia and industry."
05/19/2021: We are excited to bring you the latest news about the NIH Common Fund’s Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) program, which is designed to help propel biomedical research forward by setting the stage for widespread adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) that tackles complex biomedical challenges beyond human intuition. The Bridge2AI program plans to support several interdisciplinary Data Generation Projects (OTA-21-008) and one complementary cross-cutting Integration, Dissemination and Evaluation (BRIDGE) Center (NOT-RM-21-021) to generate flagship data sets and best practices for the collection and preparation of AI/ML-ready data to address biomedical and behavioral research grand challenges. You can read more about the vision for this new program in a recent NLM Director's blog.
04/14/2021: Submit your abstracts for the Fourth ISC Workshop on HPC Applications in Precision Medicine. Call for Abstracts Submission Deadline -- May 1, 2021. Workshop website: https://ncihub.org/groups/hapm21; submission site: https://easychair.org/cfp/HAPM21
04/06/2021: The NIH Common Fund’s Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) program will propel biomedical research forward by setting the stage for widespread adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) that tackles complex biomedical challenges beyond human intuition. Read this blog to learn more and sign up for their listserv to receive updates.
03/31/2021: On Monday, April 5, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET, the NCI Imaging and Informatics Community Webinar will welcome Dr. Saurabh Jha, associate professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania, to address the legal scholarship and hypothetical case studies surrounding the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine. Dr. Saurabh Jha is a British-trained doctor, U.S.-trained radiologist, and associate professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written extensively about AI in radiology and was a guest editor of the special issue on AI in Academic Radiology. His work has appeared in multiple outlets including the NEJM, JAMA, Stat News, and Medscape.
03/04/2021: Apply to be an NIH Data Scholar by April 9: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) Data and Technology Advancement (DATA) National Service Scholar Program is seeking experienced data and computer scientists and engineers to tackle challenging biomedical data problems with the potential for substantial public health impact. Apply here
02/23/2021: Request for Information (RFI) regarding use of Common Data Elements (CDEs) in NIH-funded research, particularly but not exclusively in the context of COVID-19. The RFI is now posted in the NIH Guide and accepting applications via this webform. Some additional background information is available in an Open Mike blog post about the RFI.
02/22/2021: Announcing a National Library of Medicine lecture on the social implications of AI – Monday, Mar 1, 4:00 pm via NIH videocast and open to all! Dr. Kate Crawford -- inaugural Visiting Chair of AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure, senior principal researcher at Microsoft, and cofounder of the AI Now Institute at New York University, will present “Atlas of AI: Mapping the social and economic forces behind AI.” Dr. Crawford served as a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director’s Working Group on Artificial Intelligence, the recommendations of which are currently informing NIH efforts in this area.
02/04/2021: NCI-DOE Collaboration 2021 Virtual Workshop Series: Accelerating Precision Radiation Oncology through Advanced Computing and Artificial Intelligence. Help re-imagine the future of radiation oncology! Apply today!
11/16/2020: Announcing a new NIH workshop on Ultra-Large Chemistry Databases! When: 3 half days, Dec 1-3, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm ET. Join a virtual workshop focused on defining the major challenges and promising new approaches for creating, curating, integrating and querying across ultra-large chemistry databases. Register today! https://nih.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsc-6qpzMqHpzYsaIMeOp-SK4ohwk8Cyk.
11/12/2020: The National Cancer Institute is hosting an Innovation Lab to generate creative strategies and new research collaborations aimed at improving understanding, prediction, and validation of dynamic cell-cell communication and emergent behaviors of cell ensembles in cancerous tissues. This 5-day virtual event will take place in February 25-26 and March 1-2 and 5, 2021. PI-level cancer researchers and clinician scientists, cell and developmental biologists, systems biologists, evolutionary biologists, engineers, physical scientists, and computer scientists, etc. are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply extended to December 11, 2020.
10/26/2020: NCI “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Understand Cancer Treatment Resistance” virtual symposium series, which will begin on November 16, 2020. Register at https://events.cancer.gov/nci/drsymposiumseries.
10/20/2020: Webinar: Leveraging Clinical Narrative Text at Scale: Applying Natural Language Processing to Understand the Patient Care Experience, Thursday, November 5, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST, Register Here
09/15/2020: NCI, NIBIB award contracts to develop innovative digital health technologies for COVID-19: https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/press-releases/2020/covid-19-digital-health-technology
09/09/2020: Read the special series, "Informatics Tools for Cancer Research and Care — Bridging the Gap between Innovation and Implementation," guest edited by Drs. Juli Klemm and Jeremy Warner, in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics, an American Society of Clinical Oncology journal.
08/25/2020: The National Cancer Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology is hiring an Associate Director for Informatics and Data Science. The opening is posted on the NIH site with applications being received through 9/21.
05/12/2020: The Virtual Digital Twin Micro Lab was held on April 23, 2020 with participants from more than 40 organizations. Download the video presentations, see the PowerPoint slides and read the breakout discussion notes!