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Research Funding Opportunities to Expand the Use of "All of Us" Data

January 5, 2023
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NINR is working with the All of Us Research Program and 26 other institutes, centers, and offices from across the National Institutes of Health to support new research on the All of Us Researcher Workbench. These grants, solicited through R03 and R21 funding opportunities, will help support analysis of the Researcher Workbench data using standard tools and methods, as well as the development and use of new tools or methods.

The two companion Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) seek discrete, well-defined projects that can realistically be completed in two years:

Applications must make direct use of the rich data that is available through the cloud-based All of Us Researcher Workbench. The integrated dataset includes data from nearly 100,000 whole genome sequences, survey responses from more than 372,000 participants, and information from more than 258,000 participants' electronic health records (EHRs), alongside physical measurements and wearable device data. About 80% of the data in the Researcher Workbench is contributed by participants who represent communities that are historically underrepresented in research, including people from racial and ethnic minority groups, people from sexual and gender minority groups, and residents of rural areas. 

The dataset is updated twice a year to expand and refresh the participant data available to registered researchers. The next data update, expected in early 2023, will include a large increase in the amount of genomic data available to researchers, as well as additional EHR and survey data. 

Access to the All of Us Researcher Workbench is available to registered researchers with an institutional agreement in place. Currently, any U.S.-based academic, nonprofit, or health care institutions can enter into a Data Use and Registration Agreement.

All of Us intends to commit up to $2 million in Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) to fund up to 12 awards, subject to availability of funds and the quality of the applications. Additionally, the National Human Genome Research Institute, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the Office of Data Science Strategy intend to commit funding from FY23 for applications from either FOA that are within the scope of their missions, and the Office of Strategic Coordination intends to commit funding for one award from the R03 FOA. 

Other participating institutes, centers, and offices may use their own funds to make additional awards.

Applications are due by March 1, 2023. Letters of Intent will be accepted until January 30, 2023. Letters of intent are not required but will allow staff to better plan for peer review. 

All of Us is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).