Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN)
The goal of the BIRN is to develop an infrastructure that allows researchers to share data and research tools, and to collaborate through a virtual environment. The BIRN Coordinating Center is led by the University of Southern California, with the participation of investigators from the University of Chicago, University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Irvine and Massachusetts General Hospital. A new BIRN Community Service (U24) grant will be funded to ensure that the data-sharing infrastructure is responsive to the needs of broad biomedical research community. Funds also have been provided for researchers to bring their data and data analysis tools into the BIRN infrastructure, and for creating controlled vocabularies to match the meaning of terms across different data sets.
Liming Yang, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator, Division of Biomedical Technology
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
BIRN and BIRN-related funding opportunities are affiliated with the Blueprint, but not supported directly by it. Blueprint-affiliated initiatives are discussed systematically by NIH Blueprint program staff, and supported by participating Institutes and Centers independently of Blueprint funds, management and oversight. BIRN receives primary support from NCRR.