Awards support 26 two-year projects on a broad range of disease areas funded across NIH
The National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program and 10 partner Institutes, Centers, and Offices have funded 26 research projects to support novel analyses and tool development using All of Us’ data. The two-year awards advance impactful research in high-priority mission areas of the NIH.
“We are maximizing the contributions our participants make to advance research by supporting the development of world-class tools that can be used to explore the data and accelerate medical research,” said Sheri Schully, PhD, deputy chief medical and scientific officer. “This work would not be possible without the NIH-wide support we have received in building a research platform capable of powering countless discoveries.”
Projects include investigations on heart disease risk factors, chronic pain, intersectional mental health challenges, genetic risk factors for different cancers, and more. Additionally, some of these awards have a focus on research methods – either testing novel uses of existing methods, or developing new models and tools for data analysis. After the award period, these tools will be made available to All of Us researchers through the Researcher Workbench.
The awards expand All of Us’ Extramural Program to Advance Research (EPAR). In 2022, All of Us sponsored 25 research teams through supplemental funding to integrate All of Us data in their currently funded research projects. Together, EPAR awardees are helping to build a network of investigators nationwide who share best practices, solve problems, and form collaborations through the All of Us Researcher Workbench. All of Us looks to this group to provide feedback on ways to improve the utility of its scientific resources, tools, and data.
“Since launching the Researcher Workbench three years ago, we have continuously added new data and features to help researchers advance our understanding of health and disease,” said Schully. “Through EPAR, we are stimulating impactful contributions to medical research.”
About 8,000 researchers are registered to use the All of Us Researcher Workbench and the platform has supported more than 215 peer-reviewed publications, in addition to the 7,600 ongoing projects.
Funding for the awards, listed below, was provided by All of Us, the National Eye Institute, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Library of Medicine, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and the Office of Data Science Strategy.