Young investigators competition at ISMB 2018 -Deadline is April 5th, 2018

A competition for young investigators associated with the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative will be held in conjunction with the 26th Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB 2018). ISMB 2018 will be held on July 6-10 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference is sponsored by the International Society for Computational Biology.

ISMB 2018 is expected to include several sessions featuring talks from officials of the National Institutes of Health on biomedical data science, projects under the Big Data-to-Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative and training programs. The conference brings together scientists from computer science, molecular biology, mathematics, statistics and related fields. Its principal focus is on the development and application of advanced computational methods for biological problems.

As part of BD2K, there will be a competition for Young Investigators. 6 individuals will be selected for oral presentation and travel awards, including ISMB registration and $500 towards your travel support to ISMB 2018. These individuals will be invited to give talks during a special NIH BD2K session at ISMB, and the abstracts will be recognized at the ISMB award ceremony.

To be considered for this award:

• Submit an abstract to ISMB 2018 here:
• Send a copy (PDF version) of this abstract and submission to by April 5th, 2018 deadline. When submitting, please include (1) your affiliated BD2K project when you submit this to us, including BD2K grant number, and (2) a letter of support from the project PI or training director. (If you are the project PI, no need for this letter).
• Awardees will be informed by May 1st, 2018.

Eligibility: to qualify for this award, a Young Investigator is any individual who is (1) an existing graduate student, or (2) a postdoctoral fellow in a BD2K-funded laboratory/program; or (3) any individuals who are considered an NIH Early Stage Investigator (ESI) and have received funding support from an NIH BD2K Award (the ESI does not have to be a PI on the NIH award). Two or more finalists will be selected from each of these three categories.

There will also be a networking event for Young Investigators at the evening of Sunday July 8th, 2018, with more details to follow. If you are interested in participating in this event, please email: