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Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI)

In May 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund launched the Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) program to set the stage for the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence (AI).

Overview

Artificial intelligence (AI) will help address complex biomedical challenges that have been beyond the reach of existing analytical methods. Bridge2AI will generate new “flagship” data sets and best practices for machine learning, a type of AI that allows machines (like computers) to automatically learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed. The biomedical research community generates a wealth of data; however, because it was generated for analysis using other computational and statistical tools, most data are not suitable for machine learning. By bringing AI and biomedical experts together with social scientists and humanists, the Bridge2AI program will help solve these problems.

Goals

Bridge2AI program goals include:

  • Generating new flagship biomedical and behavioral data sets that are ethically sourced, trustworthy, well defined and accessible
  • Developing software and standards to unify data attributes across multiple sources and across types of data
  • Creating automated tools to accelerate the creation of FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable) and ethically sourced data sets
  • Providing resources to disseminate data, ethical principles, tools and best practices
  • Creating training materials and activities for workforce development that bridges AI, biomedical and behavioral research communities

Progress

In May and June 2020, the Bridge2AI opened to the scientific community with the launch of two closely related funding announcements:

  • OTA-21-008: Data Generation Projects for the NIH Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) Program
     
  • RFA-RM-21-023: Integration, Dissemination, and Evaluation (BRIDGE) Center for the NIH Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) Program

NHGRI Representatives

Co-Chair

Eric Green
Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Director
  • National Human Genome Research Institute

Working Group Coordinators

Shurjo Sen
Shurjo K. Sen, Ph.D.
  • Program Director
  • Division of Genome Sciences

Project Team Leaders

Carolyn M. Hutter, Ph.D.
Carolyn M. Hutter, Ph.D.
  • Director
  • Division of Genome Sciences
Dave Kaufman, Ph.D.
Dave Kaufman, Ph.D.
  • Program Director
  • Division of Genomics and Society

Members

Valentina Di Francesco, M.S.
Valentina Di Francesco, M.S.
  • Lead Program Director Computational Genomics and Data Science
  • Division of Genome Sciences
Daniel A. Gilchrist, Ph.D.
Daniel A. Gilchrist, Ph.D.
  • Program Director Computational Genomics and Data Science
  • Division of Genome Sciences
Stephanie Morris
Stephanie A. Morris, Ph.D.
  • Program Director
  • Division of Genome Sciences
Ajay Pillai, Ph.D.
Ajay Pillai, Ph.D.
  • Program Director, Molecular Libraries Program
  • Division of Genome Sciences

Program Analysts

Jenell Glover
Jenell Glover
  • Scientific Program Analyst
  • Division of Genome Sciences

Last updated: November 3, 2021