NIH Data Science Initiative (DSI) - Africa

NIH Data Science Initiative (DSI) - Africa


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.
DS-I Africa Virtual Platform

In coordination with the launch of the NIH Common Fund’s Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) program, NIH is hosting an online-only, Virtual Platform in Summer 2020. The goals of the Platform are to publicize the NIH funding opportunities associated with the DS-I Africa program and encourage networking across disciplines, sectors, and geographies to promote data science for health in Africa.

Please note that the Virtual Platform is replacing the previously announced meeting in Kampala, Uganda in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional details on the Virtual Platform will be added to this website as they become available.

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Date and time
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 00:00