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Bioinformatics provides researchers with the tools, information technologies, and analytical methodologies needed to manage the large volumes of data generated by today’s genomic studies, large observational studies, and networked clinical trials—and to harvest insights from the information that is collected. . . . from genomics to clinical trials, bioinformatics capacity becomes a critical asset.
The National Cancer Program: Managing the Nation’s Research Portfolio, 2013


The NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) provides for the appropriate use of data science, informatics, and IT, exemplifying a commitment to customer service, teamwork, pride, professionalism and resulting in optimal support of the NCI's mission to accelerate the prevention and treatment of cancer.

National Cancer Informatics Program

NCI established the National Cancer Informatics Program (NCIP) within CBIIT as the Institute's primary biomedical-informatics initiative. The NCIP will build on and extend investments that NCI has made during the past two decades to develop the informatics assets and computational approaches needed to support scientific discovery and clinical application in the postgenomics era.

More information is available about applications and downloads.

NCI Computer Services

CBIIT manages the IT infrastructure that supports scientific and administrative activities across NCI. Intramural services include support for desktop computers and users, core information technologies, network management and operations, centralized network storage, and network security. NCI employees can visit the NCI Computer Services Intranet for more information.

Technical Support

Questions or comments? Contact CBIIT.


NCI Launches Platform to Submit Research Ideas for Cancer Moonshot Initiative

As part of Vice President Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, NCI has launched an online engagement platform to enable the research community and the public to submit cancer research ideas to a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts. To submit your scientific research ideas to the Moonshot Initiative visit: Scientific ideas can also be submitted to or by phone to the Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER. 

CBIIT Speaker Series

The CBIIT Speaker Series is a bi-weekly knowledge-sharing forum featuring internal and external speakers discussing topics of interest to the biomedical-informatics and cancer-research communities.

Next speaker: Ashish Sharma, Ph.D., Emory University, NCI Clinical and Translational Imaging Informatics Project (CTIIP), Wednesday, June 22, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET

Visit the CBIIT Speaker Series Wiki for more details.

Visit the NCI CBIIT Speaker Series YouTube Playlist to view previous presentations.

NCI Biomedical Informatics Blog

Check out the latest NCI Informatics blog! Dr. Elizabeth Hsu, NCI Biomedical Informatics Program Manager, discusses the 2016 Datapalooza panel on inter-agency pilots that exemplify the innovation needed to break down barriers and focus on the shared goal of reducing suffering and death from cancer. Read more on the NCI Biomedical Informatics Blog.

CBIIT leadership, staff, and guests from across NCI and the extramural community use this blog to discuss topics relevant to the future direction of NCIP and other NCI-supported research-and-development efforts centered on biomedical informatics and its role in furthering cancer research and care. Such topics include open-source and open-development initiatives, next-generation sequencing, the promulgation of standards to support interoperability, and challenges surrounding the study and analysis of large, complex data collections, most notably data management and integration.