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Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K)

The ability to harvest the wealth of information contained in biomedical Big Data will advance our understanding of human health and disease; however, lack of appropriate tools, poor data accessibility, and insufficient training, are major impediments to rapid translational impact. To meet this challenge, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative in 2012.

BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative established to enable biomedical research as a digital research enterprise, to facilitate discovery and support new knowledge, and to maximize community engagement. 

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BD2K Recent News

  • Serious Games and Biomedical Research - What Do Game Developers Bring to the Table?

    The Biomedical Computation Review, more

  • BD2K Announces Inaugural Targeted Software Development Awards

    There is great potential for discovery and innovation as the quantity and accessibility more

  • NIH Announces the First Round of BD2K Institutional Training Grant Awards

    The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative announced today that it more

  • NIH BD2K ENIGMA Center is published in Nature

    NIH BD2K ENIGMA Center is published in Nature more

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Funding Announcements

The NIH BD2K program supports research and programs to advance biomedicine. BD2K funds innovation in biomedical data science-based research, methods, and workforce development. These funds supports scientists at all levels, educators, and developers.

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Funded Programs

BD2K supports a diverse collection of grantees that are researching important biomedical problems with innovative computational methods, developing resources and tools, and training in biomedical data science. This exceptional community of scholars is building a strong foundation for the future of Big Data in biomedicine.

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BD2K Upcoming Events

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    Harnessing Big Data to Stop HIV

    The Division of AIDS, NIMH Division of AIDS Research, NIH Big Data to Knowledge, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are hosting a...

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    Big Data Course for Computational Medicine

    Precision medicine’s promise to deliver the right treatment at the right time relies on our ability to extract information from high-...

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July 2015

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OHSU BD2K Skills Course (Oregon Health Sciences University)

July 6, 2015 - July 10, 2015

The OHSU BD2K Skills Courses provide a series of training opportunities for a variety of learners. A set of interactive on-line preparatory elements with one-on-one mentoring from data scientists is in place to provide initial competence. For all students, we utilize an in-person collaborative case study focused on a set of big data challenges over a week of in-depth instructions. For...

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