These organizations—NIH, BD2K, and the BD2K Centers—are key to the fabric of the CEDAR program and its execution.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH is the National Institutes of Health, which has funded the CEDAR project through the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program. NIH is the nation’s medical research agency, supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health.
Big Data to Knowledge Program (BD2K)
BD2K is the NIH Big Data to Knowledge Program, launched in 2012 to meet the challenge of harvesting the wealth of information contained in biomedical Big Data. The program seeks to advance our understanding of human health and disease by addressing Big Data impediments: lack of appropriate tools, poor data accessibility, and insufficient training.
BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative established to enable biomedical research as a digital research enterprise, to facilitate discovery and support new knowledge, and to maximize community engagement.
BD2K Centers are 12 large-scale projects, aiming to develop new approaches, methods, software tools, and related resources. They are located all across the United States. The BD2K Centers program has established 11 Centers of Excellence for Big Data Computing and one Center that is a collaborative project with the NIH Common Fund LINCS program. The Centers will also provide training to advance Big Data science in the context of biomedical research. The 12 BD2K Centers function with the other BD2K grantees as a consortium and collaborate with one another, with the purpose of furthering every aspect of the field of biomedical data science research.