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NIH, Wellcome Trust Launch Scientific Data Access Competition; Francis Collins Comments

HealthThe National Institutes of Health and London-based Wellcome Trust have jointly kicked off a science competition to solicit ideas on ways to help the public access scientific research data.

NIH will select six teams to develop a prototype for the open science project based on the recommendations of a panel of experts, NIH said Tuesday.

“I expect the Open Science Prize to generate innovative ideas to improve data access and establish new international collaborations that will illustrate the transformative power of sharing research data,” said Francis Collins, NIH director.

NIH aims to help address the challenge of extracting insights from large volumes of data through the development of services, tools and platforms.

Applicants have until Feb. 29, 2016 to submit applications and the winning prototype will receive $230,000.

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