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Health Agencies Update
August 28, 2013

NIH Recruits Centers to Lead Effort to Leverage “Big Data”

JAMA. 2013;310(8):787. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.276234

To facilitate “big data” science, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has committed about $100 million in funding to establish several centers for excellence to support its Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative.

According to the NIH, $24 million a year has been set aside for 4 years to fund the establishment of 6 to 8 Big Data Centers for Excellence. The initiative, announced in December, will provide training, research funding, and other types of support for research that leverages massive data sets. The centers will be tasked with bringing together interdisciplinary teams to build tools and techniques for data sharing, integration of data sets, and analysis of large data sets. The centers will also disseminate their work to enable other biomedical scientists “to capitalize on the transformative opportunities that large datasets provide,” according to a release from the NIH.