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Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots

The National Cancer Institute seeks to sponsor the development of up to three Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots to help meet the research community’s needs for storage, access and analysis of high quality, large-scale cancer genomic data and associated clinical information. The expectation is the development of an innovative model for computational analysis of biological data that has the potential to address current storage and analyses challenges. The proposed Broad Agency Announcement has the potential to democratize access to NCI-generated genomic data and provide a more cost-effective way to provide computational support to the cancer research community.


The National Cancer Institute has launched the NCIP Hub to help accelerate innovation in the cancer research community. It is an environment for scientific collaboration where researchers can access a variety of resources shared by other cancer researchers. The NCIP Hub is intended to support a community of members with a shared goal of democratizing access to data, tools, and standards across the cancer research community. Content contributions come from community members and can include seminar presentations, publications, training materials, data, tools, and bookmarks to useful sites and information, as well as discussions on them. Join the NCIP Hub and get started.

The NCIP Open-Development Initiative


The NCI Wiki hosts individual wikis that document the development of applications, activities of working groups, collaborations, informatics projects, and work in specific domains. Visit the wiki dashboard and select the New Account link to participate. For more information, contact Application Support.


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  • NIH has issued a Request for Information (RFI) titled "Input on Information Resources for Data-Related Standards Widely Used in Biomedical Science" (NOT-CA-14-054) as part of the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative. Responses are due by September 30, 2014.
  • The NCI Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC), partnering with the NVIDIA Foundation, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for research in computational omics. NCI anticipates making up to three awards, with total available funding of $1.8 million. The NVIDIA Foundation will award one project at up to $200,000.  
  • NIH has issued the final version of its new policy on genomic data sharing. It will apply to all NIH-funded, large-scale human and non-human projects that generate genomic data, including research conducted with the support of NIH grants and contracts and within the NIH Intramural Research Program.
  • GCN (Government Computing News): NCI builds out collaborative hub for cancer researchers

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The NCI Biomedical Informatics Blog

The NCI Biomedical Informatics Blog provides a forum for the exploration of ideas and knowledge sharing across the NCI and throughout the wider biomedical-informatics and cancer-research community.

Topics recently under discussion include potential NCI Cancer Knowledge Clouds; NCIP support for open, community-driven software development; and intramural collaborations being pursued by NCIP staff. For a more complete description, scroll through the running list of topics contained in the left navigation bar.


Recently published articles authored by NCIP staff and members of the community include the following:

Other publications are available in the Bibliography section of the NCIP website.

NCI Biomedical Informatics Blog
Three-Dimensional (3D) Printing: A Gateway to Precision Cancer Medicine

August 20, 2014 - Researchers are using 3D printing to gain insights that contribute to advances in basic biomedical research and the development of precision medical therapies by creating 3D models of pathogens, tumors, normal tissues, cells, and biomolecules. Dr. Sriram Subramaniam, principal investigator in the Laboratory of Cell Biology at the NCI Center for Cancer Research (CCR), uses …

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NCIP Hub: Addressing Imaging Community Needs

August 19, 2014 - In his earlier post, Ishwar Chandramouliswaran introduced the objectives of the NCIP Hub, an online resource for research and collaboration in cancer informatics. As a scientific repository, the NCIP Hub can store community-generated data, tools, and other resources. Members can upload tools, conduct analyses, and collaborate, giving researchers the opportunity to engage with and leverage …

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NCIP Hub: A Platform for Scientific Collaboration, Resource Sharing, and Education

May 12, 2014 - One of the major goals of the NCIP is to help facilitate open innovation and scientific collaboration in the cancer research and informatics community.  To that end, we have undertaken several projects, two of which were the focus of previous NCIP blog posts:  The Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilot, an initiative to democratize access to and …

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Dr. George Komatsoulis, CBIIT Deputy Director, Leaving the NCI

May 02, 2014 - To the Cancer Informatics Community, As you may know, Dr. George Komatsoulis, Deputy Director of the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT), will be leaving the NCI on May 2, 2014 to join the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine, where he will be focusing on …

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