The National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its All of Us Research Program, announced in January 2023 research funding opportunities to expand the use of the program’s data to advance precision medicine. NIH allocated up to $4.75 million in fiscal year 2023 for the research grants.
The grants are funded through R03 and R21 opportunities and have a specific set of criteria. The R03 grant funds applications that “propose use of well-accepted analytical tools and methods analysis” for the data available from the All of Us Research Program. The R21 grant supports applications for developing new analytical methods, models, and tools to analyze the program’s data.
Applications must use data available through the All of Us Research Program’s cloud-based research workbench. About 80% of the data is contributed by participants from underrepresented communities, including racial and ethnic groups.
“Our dataset was designed to be relevant across health and disease to maximize the scientific value and accelerate health research for all,” Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD, chief medical and scientific officer of the All of Us Research Program, said. “Since opening to researchers in May 2020, the researcher workbench has served as a springboard for discovery and collaboration. With this new funding, we are looking to inspire new research aligned with NIH institutes’ strategic interests.”