Keep up with the latest news from the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) and the data science communities.

Requests for applications (RFAs) have been reissued by the NCI Informatics Technology for Cancer Research program. The RFAs, aimed at successive stages of informatics technology, are for algorithm development, prototyping and hardening, enhancement and dissemination, and sustainment.

NCI’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) invites college students to join CBIIT for an 8-12 week paid internship opportunity in the Summer of 2021.

Join the NCI-hosted 2021 Virtual Innovation Lab, “Modeling Emergent Cellular Behavior in Cancer,” to develop novel cross-disciplinary collaborations. Don’t miss the deadline; applications to attend are due Friday, December 11, 2020, 3:00 a.m. ET (midnight PT).

NCI has issued a Request for Information to aid in planning a re-competition for supporting the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. The lab provides rapid-response capabilities and one-of-a-kind resources for the biomedical research community (including informatics and data science expertise) on behalf of NCI and other NIH Institutes and Federal agencies. Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. ET on December 14, 2020.

NIH is seeking comments and suggestions on the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research. The plan will provide a framework for accelerating research to address this global pandemic.

In collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, NCI has developed COVID-19 Seroprevalence Hub (COVID-19 SeroHub), a central repository of SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence studies.

On November 30, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration’s precisionFDA launched the COVID-19 Precision Immunology App-a-thon. Participants will develop applications and pipelines to illuminate the relationship between personalized, adaptive immunity molecular data and COVID-19 disease variables. The submission period is from November 30, 2020 to January 29, 2021.

NCI’s Proteomic Data Commons (PDC) has released new data from the Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) and supplemental data from the Children’s Brain Tumor Network (CBTN). This release contains 350 gigabytes of open-access proteomic data, including breast, ovarian, and pediatric brain cancer studies.

NIH has released the updated Data Management and Sharing Policy. All NCI grantees will be required to submit a data sharing plan regardless of their funding level or mechanism. The policy will go into effect beginning January 25, 2023.

The NCI Imaging Data Commons (IDC) is now available. As the latest data repository within the NCI Cancer Research Data Commons, the IDC provides cloud-based access to medical imaging data and a library of analytical tools and workflows.