dkNET New Investigator Pilot Award in Bioinformatics

September 2019 Council

Lead Division/Office


Point(s) of Contact

Corinne Silva, Ph.D.

Executive Summary

As methods that generate large volumes of complex data become more common in biomedical research, there is a growing need to develop a workforce that can use and further refine the computational approaches needed to interrogate complex data. Using the established infrastructure of the NIDDK Information Network (dkNET), this pilot program is designed to encourage new investigators to apply innovative bioinformatics approaches to important research problems in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases (DEMD). The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the representation of investigators in DEMD research portfolios that have the skill sets needed to apply modern computational approaches to important questions in DEMD research. The dkNET New Investigator Pilot Program is designed to: (i) facilitate the ability of Early Stage and New Investigators with computational and bioinformatics expertise to pursue research questions in DEMD, or (ii) allow Early Stage and New PIs currently pursuing DEMD-related research to explore incorporating computational, statistical, and/or bioinformatics approaches into their research projects. The dkNET coordinating unit is the appropriate vehicle to implement this pilot program given its existing relationship with both DEMD and computational communities and dkNET’s track record in successfully implementing pilot programs with the necessary interdisciplinary characteristics.