NIH Common Fund's new Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) program

Multiple Team Building Activities in June and Letters of Intent are due July 20, 2021



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June 9, 2021 - July 21, 2021


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The Bridge to Artificial Intelligence Bridge2AI program is designed to help propel biomedical research forward by setting the stage for widespread adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) that tackles complex biomedical challenges beyond human intuition. The Bridge2AI program plans to support several interdisciplinary Data Generation Projects OTA-21-008 and one complementary cross-cutting Integration, Dissemination and Evaluation (BRIDGE) Center NOT-RM-21-021 to generate flagship data sets and best practices for the collection and preparation of AI/ML-ready data to address biomedical and behavioral research grand challenges. You can read more about the vision for this new program in a recent NLM Director's blog.

The Bridge2AI program plans to support the formation of teams richly diverse in perspectives, backgrounds, and academic and technical disciplines. The current Research Opportunity Announcement (ROA) for Data Generation Projects for the Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) Program (OT2) OTA-21-008 requires a Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives (PEDP) —a summary of strategies to advance the scientific and technical merit of the proposed project(s) through inclusivity. Visit the Bridge2AI Program Resources page and Program FAQs for additional information on building diverse teams and for PEDP guidance. 

To facilitate team building across communities and ensure responsiveness of proposals, NIH strongly encourages potential proposers to participate in the Grand Challenge Team Building Activities taking place in June 2021, please save the date for these upcoming events: 

Bridge2AI Program Town Hall
June 9, 2021 2:00-3:30pm ET

Bridge2AI Data Generation Project Module Microlabs
June 14, 16, and 18, 2021 2:00-4:00pm ET each day

Bridge2AI Grand Challenge Team Building Expo
June 23, 2021 11:00am-5:00pm ET

Further information about how to register and participate in these events, as well as an online networking platform, will be coming soon. Please check the Bridge2AI Scientific Meetings page for updates. 

Please refer to the research opportunity announcement OTA-21-008 for additional information on application submission and review. A Letter of Intent (LOI) is required, LOIs must be emailed to by 11:59 PM ET on or before July 20, 2021. 

To keep up with the latest about Bridge2AI, be sure to sign up for the Bridge2AI listserv and share it with your contacts and networks so they will receive updates on future funding announcements and the latest news from the Bridge2AI program. You can also find the latest information by visiting the Bridge2AI website.

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