NCI ITCRNew Funding Opportunity for ITCR Education Resource

September 13, 2019

This new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will establish an Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) education resource to support educational activities that enhance the use and usability of ITCR informatics tools and other resources (UE5 Clinical Trial not allowed). Specifically, the awardee will provide courses in cancer informatics for cancer researchers and optimizing informatics tool usability and user support for informatics tool developers. The courses supporting education in cancer informatics should cover the variety of cancer research domains supported by ITCR tools and incorporate ITCR tools as exemplars for applying informatics methods. The courses in optimizing informatics tool usability and user support should focus on activities that target the needs of currently funded ITCR teams.

View the funding opportunity now and submit your application by December 19, 2019.

SBIR National Cancer InstituteFunding Opportunities! SBIR Now Accepting Proposals for New Cloud-Based Analysis and De-Identification Solutions 

September 13, 2019

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) is now accepting proposals for two new contracts aimed at supporting data analysis and de-identification solutions for cancer research. Applications close Friday, October 23, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

The NIH/NCI 407 Cloud-Based Software for the Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC) contract seeks to provide support for development and implementation of innovative solutions for continued advancement and evolution of cloud-based informatics tools to integrate with the CRDC for broader user community engagement. This mechanism offers small businesses the opportunity to contribute solutions to address unmet challenges of big data analysis that are not currently provided by the existing tools in the CRDC by developing and extending tools and resources to integrate into the rapidly evolving CRDC. Learn more about submit your proposal.

The NIH/NCI 411 De-Identification Software Tools for Cancer Imaging Research contract aims to support development and sustainment of software tools and pipelines for image de-identification, especially for but not exclusive to CT patient data sets and images produced by whole slide imagers (WSI) for digital pathology applications. These tools will selectively remove PHI while retaining other metadata fields that help provide interoperability with other image formats and other data types, such as genomic data and proteomic data. Learn more and submit your proposal.

RSS email Data Science updatesNew RSS Feed Brings Data Science and Informatics Updates Right to Your Inbox

September 11, 2019

Last month, the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) launched a new RSS feed featuring data science and informatics updates. The email goes out weekly, providing readers with upcoming events, news pieces, blogs, and more. Subscribe now to get important updates.

CPTAC PortalUpdated Data Portal Interface for the Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium

September 9, 2019

The National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) data portal now boasts a new interface. The update also has expanded the search criteria to select for data sets with corresponding images and genomic data. Visit the CPTAC data portal today.

Apply by September 13 to Join NCI's Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology as Clinical BioinformaticianApply by September 13 to Join NCI's Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology as a Clinical Bioinformatician

September 6, 2019

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) seeks a dynamic professional in support of NCI’s Intramural and Extramural Division programs. Apply for this position by Friday, September 13.

The Clinical Bioinformatician will participate in developing concepts and implementation plans for clinical and translational informatics, support relevant requests for information and solicitations, lead NCI project teams, and help translate research program needs into biomedical informatics solutions. The ideal candidate will have experience developing, planning, and implementing clinical and translational informatics solutions that support cancer research programs and initiatives.

Metadata Automation DREAM ChallengeAre You Up for the Challenge? Pre-Register for the Metadata Automation DREAM Challenge

September 3, 2019

The Metadata Automation DREAM Challenge provides an opportunity for developers, cancer informaticists, data scientists, and data engineers to develop a solution to automate metadata annotation. Using structured biomedical data files, challenge participants will develop solutions to automate annotation of metadata fields and values, using available research data annotations (e.g. caDSR) as well as established terminologies and ontologies (e.g. NCIt, LOINC, Mondo, ICD).

A cash prize will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners, and entries will inform future development of the NCI Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC).

Pre-register and learn more about the Metadata Automation DREAM Challenge. 

Childhood Cancer Data InitiativeWatch the Videocast from the NCI Childhood Cancer Data Initiative Symposium

August 9, 2019

Cancer researchers, scientists, advocates, and stakeholders came together on July 29 – 31 at the National Cancer Institute’s Childhood Cancer Data Initiative (CCDI) Symposium to discuss opportunities to enhance data sharing and collection for progress in childhood, adolescent, and young adult (AYA) cancer research. If you couldn’t attend or wish to review one of the presentations, watch the archived videocast from each day of the event now.

Day 1: Monday, July 29, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Day 2: Tuesday, July 30, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Day 3: Wednesday, July 31, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Scientific DiagramNew Publication Available: Value of Collaboration Among Multidomain Experts in Analysis of High-throughput Genomics Data

August 1, 2019

Dr. Daoud Meerzaman of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) and Dr. Barbara Dunn of NCI’s Division of Cancer Prevention recently published an article, Value of Collaboration Among Multidomain Experts in Analysis of High-throughput Genomics Data, in the Cancer Research Journal. The article offers insights into the challenges faced by non-geneticist healthcare providers when interpreting large-scale genomic data intended for clinical applications and proposes initiatives to address these communication and management hurdles. Read the article now.

Research Specialist Award R50Data Scientists: Apply for the NCI R50 Research Specialist Award by October 18

July 31, 2019 

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) R50 Research Specialist Award encourages the development of stable research career opportunities for exceptional scientists who want to pursue research within the context of an existing NCI-funded cancer research program, but not serve as independent investigators. These staff scientists working in research laboratories, core facilities, and data science centers, are vital to sustaining the biomedical research enterprise. The R50 Award is intended to provide salary support and sufficient autonomy so that individuals are not solely dependent on NCI grants held by others for career continuity. Submit your application by October 18, 2019.

Multiple Myeloma Research FoundationMultiple Myeloma Data Released in the NCI Genomic Data Commons

July 17, 2019 

Genomic and clinical data collected for nearly 1,000 cases of multiple myeloma by the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) over eight years is now being shared with the cancer research community through the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Genomic Data Commons. Read the guest blog by Dr. Louis M. Staudt, Director of the NCI Center for Cancer Genomics, for more information on what this newly available data means for informing cancer treatments.

Submit a Proposal to Build the Cancer Data Aggregator (CDA) by August 22

July 10, 2019

The functionality of the cancer data aggregator can be described as this: a user is currently on a data portal or application (for example one of the NCI Cloud resources from the Broad Institute, ISB, or Seven Bridges Genomics). That application will connect to the Cancer Data Aggregator through an API that allows users to query parameters for data sets. The aggregator then queries across the Cancer Research Data Commons (which will be secured by Auth/AuthZ authentication), NCI Data Coordinating Centers, and other NIH repositories, aggregating data that matches that query. The data will return to the aggregator to be transformed through a common data model. The aggregated data will then be displayed for the user on the portal or application where they initiated the query.

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research is requesting proposals to develop a query engine called the Cancer Data Aggregator (CDA). The CDA will allow users to aggregate data via queries across the NCI Cancer Research Data Commons (CRDC) nodes, NCI Data Coordinating Center (DCC) repositories,  and other NIH data repositories.  

The CDA is a critical component of the National Cancer Data Ecosystem, a key recommendation from the Cancer Moonshot℠ Blue Ribbon Panel. Integrative cancer research is currently hampered by the fact that important data sets are stored in different repositories. The CDA will allow users to query across datatype-specific and program-specific repositories through a common data model, translating research and results into knowledge to inform cancer treatment and discovery.

Learn more about the CDA and submit your proposal by Thursday, August 22. 

NCI Childhood Cancer Data Initiative Invites Responses and Ideas to Enhance Data Sharing

June 24, 2019

Decorative image - Banner for CCDI Ideascale websiteCalling patients, parents, researchers, clinicians, advocates, data scientists, engineers, and developers! The NCI Childhood Cancer Data Initiative invites you and anyone with a bold idea to submit ideas to enhance data sharing for progress against childhood cancer by August 9th, 2019.

The ideas will help the National Cancer Institute develop recommendations on how to make the most of the federal investment to collect, analyze, and share data to address the burden of cancer in children, adolescents, and young adults.

Read and respond to the questions posed by the initiative.

Vivian Ota Wang, Ph.D.Dr. Vivian Ota Wang of the National Cancer Institute's Office of Data Sharing Recognized as Change Agent for Sexual and Gender Minority Community

June 7, 2019

The National Institutes of Health Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion define change agents as visionaries and cultivators who act as a catalyst for change. Dr. Vivian Ota Wang of the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Data Sharing (ODS) has been recognized as a change agent for the Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) community and named a 2019 Ally Leader Awardee. In her position as Deputy Director of ODS, Dr. Ota Wang focuses on data access and sharing by bringing together her expertise in race, sex, and gender issues, and experience in science policy and research participation protections. 

Read more about Vivian’s impact and the importance of change agents now. 

Tony Kerlavage, Ph.D.Dr. Tony Kerlavage Named Director of NCI’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT)

May 22, 2019

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) announces Dr. Tony Kerlavage as Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT). Tony has served as acting CBIIT director for two years and previously served as the Cancer Informatics Branch chief since 2012. Tony’s expertise and contributions to the cancer research community throughout his career make him a valuable addition to NCI leadership. 

Bookmark to stay up to date on current data science and informatics news, including insights from Dr. Kerlavage on data science at NCI, as CBIIT continues to support the NCI mission.

Amanda, a young cancer patient, and her mother Rosemary (left) at the NIH Clinical Center talking with a doctor from the NCI Pediatric Oncology Branch.NCI Invites Abstracts for Childhood Cancer Data Initiative (CCDI) Symposium

May 21, 2019

NCI invites submission of abstracts to be considered for poster presentations at the Childhood Cancer Data Initiative (CCDI) Symposium, July 29–31 in Washington, D.C. Areas of interest for poster submission include research, methodologies, and tooling with focus in any of the following categories:

  • Scientific and clinical research data needs in childhood and adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers
  • Establishing meaningful datasets for clinical care and associated research progress
  • Building infrastructure to enable federation among disparate databases
  • Extracting knowledge from data
  • Developing adequate and equitable policies for shared data resources 

Learn more about submitting your abstract for consideration.

Cancer Data Science Pulse Blog header imageNew Name and Home for Cancer Data Science Blog and Seminar Series

May 21, 2019

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) is excited to introduce two new features to the website. CBIIT’s former informatics blog, renamed as the Cancer Data Science Pulse, provides insights on trends, policies, initiatives, and innovation in the data science and cancer research communities. In addition, the CBIIT Speaker Series has been updated to the Data Science Seminar Series, a bi-weekly talk where thought leaders and innovators within and outside of NCI can share their work, discuss trends, and stimulate collaboration.

Visit the news and events section to find new blog posts and upcoming seminar series talks.

Informatics Technology for Cancer Research Request for ApplicationITCR RFAs Available for Innovative, User-Friendly Informatics Tools 

April 3, 2019

Four funding opportunities are now available from the NCI Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) program. Applicants should focus on innovative, research-driven, user-friendly informatics technology that spans the cancer research continuum. The requests for applications (RFAs), aimed at successive stages of informatics technology, are for algorithm development, prototyping and hardening, enhancement and dissemination, and sustainment. Letters of intent are due 30 days prior to the deadline.

Learn more about these funding opportunities.

BD-STEP Trains Tomorrow’s NeBD-STEP Big Data Training Programxt-Gen Big Data Scientists

March 19, 2019

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are recruiting postdoctoral fellows with backgrounds in physical sciences, advanced mathematics, or engineering for the Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP). BD-STEP is a two-year fellowship that matches individuals who have experience with data modeling and computer programming, as well as interests in clinical, health services, and bioinformatics research, to VA medical centers where they will participate in collaborative training in research-focused environments. This opportunity prepares the next generation of healthcare data scientists who will be capable of using large clinical and research data sets to efficiently and effectively advance cancer research.

Learn more about this fellowship opportunity and program.

Funding GrantsNew NCI K99 Award for Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (K99/R00)

January 30, 2019

The Pathway to Independence Award for Outstanding Early Stage Postdoctoral Researchers (K99/R00) is a new NCI training award suited towards postdoctoral fellows pursuing careers in data science and cancer control science. Unlike other K awards offered by NCI, this Early K99 is designed for researchers who typically require a limited period of mentored training beyond their doctoral degrees. This award will help these researchers completed the necessary training and make a timely transition to independent faculty positions.

Read more about this award and how to apply.

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NIH Releases New Strategic Plan for Data Science

June 2018

NIH released its first Strategic Plan for Data Science in an effort to support the storing, managing, standardizing, and publishing of data produced by biomedical research. This plan describes NIH’s overarching goals, strategic objectives, and implementation tactics for promoting the modernization of the NIH-funded biomedical data science ecosystem.

Read the strategic plan, and learn more about the mission of advancing data science at NIH.

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Freely Available Special Issue of the AACR Journal Cancer Research: NCI Funded Computer Resources

November 2017

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), in collaboration with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), launched a special open-access issue of the journal, Cancer Research, with a focus on NCI funded computer resources. This special issue features an editorial by Drs. Juli Klemm, Warren Kibbe, and John Quackenbush. The issue highlights NCI’s Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Program, Cloud Resources, and Genomic Data Commons. It includes papers on a range of topics such as computing tools, machine learning, and data analysis in biomedical science.

Check out this special online-only issue now to learn about these freely available computing tools and resources that you can incorporate into your work.



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