NLM is issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight the urgent need for innovative high-risk/high impact research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in relation to NLM’s strategic goal of fostering data driven research.
In order to rapidly improve our understanding of the infection of SARS-CoV-2 and of COVID-19, NLM is encouraging the submission of R21 applications to address the following research areas of interest:
- Methods for mining clinical data that can be used to identify or predict presence of COVID-19 in biomedical phenotype data, or other relevant topics such as discovery of risks for infection by SARS-Cov-2 viruses, use of standard terminologies for these viruses in federated health data sets
- Public health surveillance methods that mines genomic, viromic, health data, environmental data and/or data from other pertinent sources such as social media, to identify spread and impact of SARS-Cov-2
Applications are expected to focus on informatics and data science methods to help address the COVID-19 pandemic in a timely manner. Applications that are not responsive will be withdrawn without review.