AIM-AHEAD Research Opportunity Announced

The Research Opportunity Announcement (ROA) titled “AIM-AHEAD Coordinating Center: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity” (OTA-21-017) was published late yesterday. 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. 

We encourage you to read the full ROA and register for tomorrow’s optional informational webinar. Also, please note these important dates:  

  • July 15: Informational webinar 
  • July 22: Letters of Intent due 
  • Aug. 3: Proposals due 
  • Sept. 8: Earliest start date 

The funding instrument for this ROA is the Other Transactions (OT) Award mechanism. OT awards are not grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts, and use an Other Transactions Authority, provided by law. Policies and terms for individual OT awards may vary between awards. Each award is issued with a specific agreement, which is negotiated with the recipient and details specific terms and conditions for that award. 

We will discuss the opportunity and this funding mechanism at tomorrow’s webinar. A recording of the webinar will be available on Friday, July 16 on the AIM-AHEAD webpage.  If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact If you have questions related to the OT award mechanism or other financial-related questions, please contact Financial/Agreements Officer Dede Rutberg at