Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa)

Map of Africa with network of data points

Overview

The NIH Common Fund's Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovations in Africa program will leverage data science technologies and prior NIH investments to develop solutions to the continent's most pressing public health problems through a robust ecosystem of new partners from academic, government, and private sectors. Despite recent progress, Africa carriers a disproportionate share of the global burden of disease.

In the next decade, rapid advances in data science are expected to transform biomedical and behavioral research and lead to improved health for individuals and populations. While data science applications are largely undeveloped in Africa, there are opportunities to utilize data science to impact health outcomes on the continent and around the world, including in the United States. 

Participating NIH Institutes and Centers

Roger Glass, Director, John E. Fogarty International Center

Bruce Tromberg, Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Joshua Gordon, Director, National Institute of Mental Health

Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director, National Library of Medicine

For more information and research funding opportunities, see the Common Fund website.

Funding Notices and Opportunities

Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) Open Data Science Platform and Coordinating Center (U2C Clinical Trial Not Allowed) RFA-RM-20-018

Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa): Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) RFA-RM-20-017

Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) Research Training Program (U2R Clinical Trial Optional) RFA-RM-20-016

Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) Research Hubs (U54 Clinical Trial Optional) RFA-RM-20-015

Read the Press Release

NIH to invest $58M to catalyze data science and health research innovation in Africa

Virtual Symposium Platform

DS-I Africa program, NIH is hosting an online-only Virtual Symposium Platform beginning in July 2020. We are pleased to announce that registration is now open!

Please visit the website to learn more about the platform.

The DS-I Africa Virtual Symposium Platform will be open from July through November 2020 with several online events and networking tools available to participants.