Young investigators competition is part of ISMB 2018; deadline is 4-5-18

A competition for young investigators associated with the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative will be held in conjunction with the the 26th Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB 2018), to be held 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, and six individuals will be chosen for oral presentation and awards that include ISMB 2018 registration and $500 towards travel. Those selected will give talks during a special NIH BD2K session at ISMB and the abstracts will be recognized at the conference award ceremony. 

The deadline for submissions is April 5. To be considered for the award:

• Submit an abstract to ISMB 2018 here

• Send a copy of the abstract and submission to by the April 5 deadline. Include in the submission your BD2K affiliation, including BD2K grant number and a letter of support from the project principal investigator or training directior (this is not necessary if you are the project PI).

Awardees will be informed by May 1, 2018. Go here for more information.

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 on July 8 at the conference. Those interested in participating in this event should email More details on the gathering will be announced at a later date.