The 2017 Big Data Pilot Awards have closed. Awardee announcements will be made soon.  

About the Awards: 

The Big Data Pilot Awards seek to identify and nurture talented young investigators who are working on clinical and translational research involving big data. For this RFA, big data is defined as data that meet at least two of the four V's: (1) high volume, (2) high velocity, (3) high variety, and (4) face veracity issues. The funded projects are expected to lead to preliminary data in support of an extramural grant application (NIH, AHRQ, NSF, or similar).

Amount & Duration: 

Three to five projects are anticipated to be funded. The award will provide between $25,000 and $50,000 in direct costs for one-year research grants. The number of awards and size of awards will depend on funds available and suitability of received applications.

The awards are not designed to be renewable, and are expected to lead to preliminary data in support of an extramural grant application (NIH, AHRQ, NSF, or similar).

Eligibility: 

  • Investigators must be based at Brown University, University of Rhode Island, an affiliated healthcare system (Lifespan, Care New England, Providence VAMC), or another degree-granting or research institution in Rhode Island.
  • Mid-career or senior investigators who have never done research using big data are also encouraged to apply, as long as they include at least one early career co-PI (e.g., who may have necessary big data analytic or data science skills).
  • Priority will be given to those projects that utilize population-level electronic health data resources specific to Rhode Island (e.g., CurrentCare or Medicaid).

See the RFA for a complete list of eligibility requirements. 

Dates & Deadlines: 

Preliminary applications are due July 17, 2017. Funding is anticipated to begin on November 1, 2017. 

View the RFA

Applications must be submitted through UFunds. Questions? Email Heather Fournier