RFI on Developing Consent Language for Future Use of Data and Biospecimens

July 16, 2021 - 03:27PM - by Henry Walker

NIH is seeking input on a new RFI on Developing Consent Language for Future Use of Data and Biospecimens.  The comment period will remain open until September 29th.

NIH is establishing a new resource, entitled Consent for Data and Biospecimen Sharing for Future Use: Points to Consider and Sample Language, which is meant to provide some starting language that can be used and modified as appropriate by the community as they design consent forms for studies that incorporate data and biospecimen sharing.  In order to seek broader community input on the resource, we released an RFI and we are hoping for a robust response to make the resource as useful as possible. We would certainly appreciate any feedback you and your stakeholders may have.

AIM-AHEAD Research Opportunity Announced

July 14, 2021 - 04:03PM - by Henry Walker

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

New Investigators to Promote Workforce Diversity in Genomics, Bioinformatics, or Bioengineering and Biomedical Imaging Research (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

July 01, 2021 - 04:32PM - by Henry Walker

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits R01 grant applications that propose independent research projects that are within the scientific mission areas of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), and All of Us Research Program (All of Us). This program is intended to support Early Stage Investigators and New Investigators from groups underrepresented in the health-related sciences.

RFA link:

Applicants are encouraged to contact Program with any questions – NHGRI (Jyoti Dayal:, NIBIB (Zeynep Erim:, All of Us (Sheri Schully:

RFI: Broaden the Benefits of AI/ML Technologies to Reduce Health Disparities and Inequities and Enhance the Diversity of the AI/ML Workforce

June 24, 2021 - 07:53PM - by Henry Walker

The NIH is looking to solicit stakeholders' input on needs, interests, and opportunities in regards to building and advancing Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning to redress health disparities and advance health equity.

Link to submit a response:

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