Notice Announcing Funding Opportunity Issued for the NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase

Notice Number: NOT-RM-17-031

Key Dates
Release Date: June 23, 2017

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Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund)


The NIH, under the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program, is launching a Data Commons Pilot Phase to test ways to store, access and share biomedical data and associated tools in the cloud so that they are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable - or FAIR - for the research community.

The NIH released funding announcement "NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase" RM-17-026 to support a portion of the NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase Consortium (DCPPC). This funding opportunity is accessible at

The purpose of this announcement is to invite applications from applicants who have an interest in performing high impact, cutting-edge scientific and computing activities necessary to establish an NIH Data Commons. The goal of the NIH Data Commons is to accelerate new biomedical discoveries by providing a cloud-based platform where investigators can store, share, access, and compute on digital objects (data, software, etc.) generated from biomedical research and perform novel scientific research including hypothesis generation, discovery, and validation.

This announcement solicits applications under the Other Transactions (OT) mechanism. NIH expects to make several OT awards under this funding opportunity. A Letter of Intent is required, and is due June 30, 2017 (5:00 PM United States Eastern Time). It will be used to select individuals or groups who will be invited to submit an application by July 12. Only those who are invited may apply. Applications submitted without an invitation from the NIH will be returned and not reviewed.

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase website ( where additional information and resources will be updated periodically.


Please direct all inquiries to:

NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase Team