NIH Issues Funding Announcement for All of Us Genomic Research Program | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

NIH Issues Funding Announcement for All of Us Genomic Research Program

May 24, 2018
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “All of Us” Research Program has issued a funding announcement for genome centers to generate genotype and whole genome sequence data from participants’ biosamples.

Information produced from the genome centers “will become a critical component in the program’s precision medicine research platform, a national resource for investigators working on a variety of important health questions,” according to NIH officials, who noted that the funding announcement is an important step in the program’s larger research effort.

The All of Us Research Program, established by the White House in 2015, aims to advance precision medicine by studying the health data of 1 million diverse Americans over the next five years.  The program hit a major milestone when the enrollment beta phase ended and the program’s open national enrollment launched on May 6.

Additionally, the All of Us Research Program is planning a pilot study in coming months on the responsible return of genetic information to participants, which will include education and genetic counseling, as part of the program’s commitment to make all participant data available to participants themselves.

According to officials, the program anticipates funding up to two genome center awards in FY2018, with analyses to begin this fall. Applicants may request funds to generate and analyze genotype data from 100,000 participants in the first year while beginning to also employ whole genome sequencing methods. In remaining years of the anticipated five-year project period, applicants may request funds for whole genome sequencing for as many as 200,000 participants annually.

Applications will specifically be evaluated on teams’ technical approach, plans to scale up operations, capabilities to operate a clinical validation laboratory (to verify medically-relevant variants in certain genes), experience, past performance, and cost proposal, and on other considerations related to programmatic priority.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More



House Appropriations Bill Includes 29 Percent Budget Cut for ONC, $1.25B Increase for NIH in 2019

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft 2019 budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and departments of Labor and Education that proposed slashing funding for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) by $17.7 million.

Value-Based Care is Bending the Cost Curve, Report Finds

Value-based care is bending the healthcare cost curve, reducing unnecessary medical costs by nearly 6 percent on average while also improving care quality and patient engagement, according to new research from Nashville-based Change Healthcare.

Health Share of Oregon Facing Challenges with Ride to Care Service

Health Share of Oregon’s non-emergency transportation vendor is in danger of losing money if it doesn’t meet its performance targets by the end of June, the coordinated care organization recently stated.

NJ Hospital Association Invests in Opioid Tracking Tool for Hospitals

As opioid overdoses continue to claim more lives, the New Jersey Hospital Association and its Health Research and Educational Trust announced a $1.5 million investment in an emergency department tracking tool for hospitals statewide to better monitor opioid prescriptions.

Sequoia Project Revises National Patient Matching Framework

The nonprofit Sequoia Project, an industry advocate for nationwide interoperability, has released a revised national patient matching framework.

Kaiser, Emory Healthcare Partner on Integrated Care Model in Atlanta

Emory Healthcare, the clinical arm of Emory University, and Kaiser Permanente have announced a partnership in metropolitan Atlanta.