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About the ADDS

The NIH Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) is responsible for developing, in concert with the NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), a strategic vision for and coordinating trans-NIH data science activities at the Agency. The goal of these efforts is to harness the potential of the computational and quantitative sciences to elevate the impact and efficiency of biomedical research. The ADDS works closely with the ICs, including the NIH Scientific Data Council, and engages with partners in academia, industry, nonprofit organizations, and other government agencies.

Trans-NIH extramural funding initiatives in data science fall under the umbrella of the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, a joint collaboration between the NIH Common Fund and the NIH ICs. Detailed information about BD2K initiatives, funded grants, and organizational structure can be found on the BD2K website.

The Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), will become the home for the ADDS Office because of its trans-NIH research coordinating functions.  Dr. Francis Collins, the NIH Director, invited me to serve as the Interim ADDS, and I am pleased to serve in this role.  We look forward to making continued progress in the critically important area of data science.

On June 4, 2018, NIH released a Strategic Plan for Data Science that provides a roadmap for modernizing the NIH-funded biomedical data science ecosystem. Over the course of the next year, NIH will begin implementing its strategy, with some elements of the plan already underway. NIH will continue to seek community input during the implementation phase.

Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, PhD
Principal Deputy Director, NIH
Interim Associate Director for Data Science, NIH

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