Enabling Educational Experiences Awards

The BD2K training program is focused on providing opportunities for people both within and outside of the field of biomedicine to learn about biomedical data science and its potential to influence discovery and human health. These are in the form of both short-term and long-term training opportunities, as well as public engagement efforts such as museum exhibits and events.

Museum award

Achieving and maintaining a diverse and sustainable workforce requires not only graduate and postdoctoral training of the next generation of scientists, but a continual pipeline of diverse, motivated individuals excited about the potential discoveries that can be made from biomedical Big Data. Educational activities will help to fill this pipeline.

BD2K supports the early stage planning of an exhibit about Living Matter and Big Data.  Dr. Barry Aprison (University of Chicago) is leading the development of a conceptual design plan for an exhibit that will travel to science museums across the country.

The goal of the exhibit is to familiarize the viewer with the quantitative aspects of biology, especially as it applies to data, hypotheses, and modeling.  The exhibit will describe the explosion of digital data over the last 10 years and the probable impact in transforming public health over the next 10 years. Interactive displays will demonstrate the utility of integrating diverse datasets across biomedical disciplines and of hypothesis-generating science.  To broaden its impact, the exhibit will include curricula and online educational resources for teachers and students.

Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science Grants

The over-arching goal of this Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce.  These grants support educational activities with a  primary focus on research experiences for undergraduate students to provide hands-on exposure to Big Data research experiences; and, for faculty to extend their Big Data knowledge research skills, experiences, and knowledge base.  These grants also support curriculum or methods development to develop and disseminate Big Data curricula and novel instructional approaches at undergraduate institutions in biomedical research courses and related research education activities.  The applicant institution is partnered with one or more NIH BD2K Centers (one of the funded BD2K Centers of Excellence or the LINCS-BD2K Perturbation Data Coordination and Integration Center), or the Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium. 


dR25 Grants

dR25 Grants
Grant PI Name(s) All Project Title Institution RePORTER Project Info
1 R25 MD010391-01 CANNER, JUDITH ELENA Innovative Research Education and Articulation in the Preparation of Under-represented and First Generation Students for Careers in Biomedical Big Data Science CALIFORNIA STATE UNIV,  MONTEREY BAY RePORT Proj Info
1 R25 MD010397-01 MCELIGOT, ARCHANA J Big Data Discovery and Diversity through Research Education Advancement and Partnerships (BD3-REAP) CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FULLERTON RePORT Proj Info
1 R25 MD010396-01 QIAN, LEI  Fisk University/UIUC-Mayo KnowENG BD2K Center R25 Partnership FISK UNIVERSITY RePORT Proj Info

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