Bringing In The Research Dollars! (BiRD)

Small Grants for Secondary Analyses of Existing Data Sets and Stored Biospecimens (R03)—upcoming

Deadline: October 16, 2017

Amount: $50,000, for up to 2 years


This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications that propose to conduct secondary analyses of publicly available NICHD-funded data sets or stored biospecimens. The goal of this program is to facilitate innovative yet cost-effective research utilizing data and biospecimens collected with NICHD resources. 

Clinical trials, population health, and epidemiological research projects, such as case-control or cohort studies, typically generate data with utility beyond the specific hypotheses and questions for which they were originally designed. Expanded use of secondary analysis of existing data sets and biorepositories allows researchers to address research questions within the scientific scope of the NICHD at relatively low cost and effort and enhances the value of NICHD investments in research. Electronic linkages across data sets/biospecimens or with administrative data bases, such as electronic health records, will expand the scope and impact of research on child health and human development.

To date, a major barrier to secondary analysis has been limited availability of data and biospecimens and inadequate documentation of archived materials. As NIH and NICHD increase the availability of data to the scientific community this barrier is diminished.

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