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Enhancing Diversity in Computational Genomics and Data Science


NHGRI is committed to increase the availability of educational and research opportunities in computational genomics and data science (CGDS). Through recent funding announcements for an Educational Hub and its Partner Sites, we aim to provide those opportunities for undergraduate and masters’ degree students enrolled in institutions currently under-represented in CGDS, which include, but are not limited to, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), women’s colleges, and community colleges. The Hub and Sites will enable students at such institutions to obtain a robust foundation in CGDS and facilitate the development of a diverse data science and genomics workforce.

For CGDS educational purposes, the Hub will leverage the cloud workspaces, tools, and services available on NHGRI's Genomic Data Science Analysis, Visualization, and Informatics Lab-Space (AnVIL), the All of Us Researcher Workbench, and other NIH cloud-based platforms. By coordinating with these cloud-based platforms, collecting stakeholder input, disseminating materials, and evaluating educational opportunities, the Hub intends to address barriers to effective CGDS education. On an aligned track with the Hub, the Sites funding opportunity is intended to support individual faculty members at institutions described above, to develop and deliver educational content in CGDS that also makes use of NIH cloud-based platforms. Importantly, the Hub will also provide support for hands-on, independent student research projects at the Sites, that include cloud based CGDS analyses.

Together, the Hub, Sites and NHGRI’s Genomic Data Science Community Network will create a community of institutions working collectively to define, develop, and test content integrating CGDS into their biomedical science curricula. GDSCN is a partnership of educators and researchers who work with NHGRI extramural program staff and members of the AnVIL team to broaden the spectrum of diverse institutions active in bioinformatics and genomic data science research. On several areas such as use of microbiome sequencing as a topic for student-led research projects in genomic data science, GDSCN and the Hub have mutually complementary expertise and they will be partnering on projects such as the BioDiversity and Informatics for Genomics Scholars (BioDIGS) initiative.


For the Hub, from applications submitted in response to RFA-HG-22-002, one award was made to North Carolina Agricultural and State University to create the Genomic Research and Data Science Center for Computation and Cloud Computing (GRADS-4C). Dr. Kristen Rhinehardt is the contact PI and Dr. Joseph Graves, Jr. is the director for GRADS-4C. 

For the Sites, after peer review of applications submitted to RFA-HG-23-002 for the November 8, 2023 deadline, awards are expected to be made in fall 2024. There is one remaining date for new and resubmission applications on June 10, 2024.

Funding Opportunities


NOT-DA-24-014: Notice of NIDA's Participation in RFA-HG-23-002, Broadening Opportunities for Computational Genomics and Data Science Education

RFA-HG-23-002: Broadening Opportunities for Computational Genomics and Data Science Education (UE5 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Also see: 

NOT-HG-23-050: Notice of Change to First Application Receipt Date, Addition of a Pre-Application Webinar, and Change in Eligibility Information and Personnel Costs in RFA-HG-23-002

NOT-CA-24-006: Notice of NCI's Participation in RFA-HG-23-002, Broadening Opportunities for Computational Genomics and Data Science Education



RFA-HG-22-002: Educational Hub for Enhancing Diversity in Computational Genomics and Data Science (U24 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)


Webinar: Broadening Opportunities for Computational Genomics and Data Science Education NOFO (September 1, 2023September 27, 2023)

Webinar: Educational Hub for Enhancing Diversity in Computational Genomics and Data Science (July 6, 2022)

For the upcoming June 10, 2024, receipt date for RFA-HG-23-002 Sites applications, NHGRI will host a pre-application at 2:30 PM ET on May 3, 3024. Contact program staff listed below if you would like to register for these events. 

NIH partnerships for the Hub and Sites

As an initiative, the Hub and Sites represent partnerships both within NHGRI and also of NHGRI with other institutes and offices at NIH. Below, a short description of these stakeholders is provided.

Office of Data Science Strategy

The Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) leads implementation of the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science through scientific, technical, and operational collaboration with the institutes, centers, and offices that comprise NIH.


National Institute on Minority Health and Heath Disparities

The mission of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. NIMHD's work touches the lives of millions of Americans burdened by disparities in health status and health care delivery, including racial and ethnic minority groups, persons with low socioeconomic status, underserved rural populations, sexual and gender minority groups, and persons with developmental and physical disabilities. 


All of Us Research Program

The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to collect and study data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs, enabling individualized prevention, treatment, and care for all of us. The comprehensiveness and availability of the cloud-based All of Us dataset directly supports an initiative to increase the pipeline of researchers from diverse backgrounds, including those who are underrepresented in the biomedical workforce.

Contact Information

For any Hub or Sites related comments or questions please contact the Program Director, Dr. Shurjo Sen

Program Staff

Shurjo Sen
Shurjo K. Sen, Ph.D.
  • Program Lead
  • Enhancing Diversity in Computational Genomics and Data Science
Sarah Hutchison
Sarah Hutchison, B.S.
  • Scientific Program Analyst
  • Office of Genomic Data Science

Last updated: April 5, 2024