Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for NLM Institutional Grants for Research Training in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (T15 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
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Key Dates

Release Date:
October 28, 2020
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement:
March 14, 2021
First Estimated Application Due Date:
May 14, 2021
Earliest Estimated Award Date:
February 15, 2022
Earliest Estimated Start Date:
July 01, 2022
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National Library of Medicine (NLM)


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) intends to publish a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to invite applications for institutional training programs for research careers in biomedical informatics and data science.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. 

The FOA is expected to be published in Spring 2021 with an expected application due date in Spring 2021.

This FOA will utilize the T15 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages investigators and institutions with expertise and insights into research training in biomedical informatics and data science to begin to consider applying for this FOA.

These informatics training programs meet a growing national need for investigators trained to bring computer science, data science and other information sciences to bear on problems in domains such as health care, public health, basic biomedical research, clinical and translational research and other health-related areas. The FOA will be open to both existing NLM training programs and new organizations that seek support for research training programs in biomedical informatics and data science. Applicants may request funds for pre-doctoral trainees and post-doctoral trainees.

While NLM’s research training programs are not part of the National Research Service Awards (NRSA) program, NLM's stipends, tuition support and most policies are similar to those of NRSA training programs. A competition for NLM's informatics training program awards is held every 5 years. The previous FOA for this program, issued in 2016, is available at, along with current stipend levels and other information about NLM’s informatics training programs.

Funding Information
Estimated Total Funding

NLM intends to commit a total of $12.5 million in the first year.

Expected Number of Awards

NLM intends to make up to 18 awards.

Estimated Award Ceiling

The estimated annual award ceiling is $1.2 million total costs.

Primary CFDA Numbers


Anticipated Eligible Organizations
Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization (Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
U.S. Territory or Possession
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)

Applications are not being solicited at this time. 


Please direct all inquiries to:

Valerie Florance, PhD

National Library of Medicine (NLM)


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