The NEI participates in the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, which is part of the Common Fund, within the NIH Office of the Director Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DCPCPSI). The BD2K mission is to enable biomedical scientists to capitalize more fully on the Big Data being generated by their research communities. With advances in technologies, these investigators are increasingly generating and using large, complex, and diverse datasets. Consequently, the biomedical research enterprise is becoming data-intensive and data-driven. However, the ability of researchers to locate, analyze, and use Big Data (and more generally all biomedical and behavioral data) is often limited for reasons related to access to relevant software and tools, expertise, and other factors. BD2K aims to develop the new approaches, standards, methods, tools, software, and competencies that will enhance the use of biomedical Big Data by supporting research, implementation, and training in data science and other relevant fields.
Overall, the focus of the BD2K initiative is the development of innovative and transforming approaches as well as tools for making Big Data and data science a more prominent component of biomedical research. See the Data Science at NIH web page for news and information on NIH Data Science initiatives, and the BD2K web site for current Funding Opportunity Announcements.