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Dana Wolff-Hughes, Ph.D.
Program Director, Risk Factor Assessment Branch


Due to recent technological advances (e.g. high-throughput computing), medicine is on the threshold of a sector-wide transformation. These innovations have the potential to accelerate discovery, facilitate the delivery of high-quality healthcare, improve patient outcomes, decrease costs, and address the complexity of challenging health problems such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Realizing the promise of disruptive transformation in health and health care will require well-coordinated, multidisciplinary approaches that draw from social, behavioral, economic, and computer science disciplines, as well as engineering, medicine, and biology.

The NIH-National Science Foundation (NSF) Smart and Connected Health program aims to accelerate the development and use of innovative approaches that partner technology and data science-based solutions with biomedical and behavioral health research. The program supports high-risk, high-reward research focused on improving fundamental understanding of biomedical and behavioral health related processes across a variety of areas including: including information science, data science, technology, health disparities, behavior, sensors, imaging, and engineering. The Smart and Connected Health initiative is therefore designed to encourage multidisciplinary approaches and greater collaboration between academic, industry, and nonprofit sectors. It also aims to establish better linkages between fundamental science, clinical practice and technology development, and deployment and use.

Funding Opportunities

NCI is currently participating in the following Funding Opportunity Announcement:

  • Notice of Special Interest: Validation of Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Tools for Improved Assessment in Epidemiological, Clinical, and Intervention Research - expires March 9, 2024