Call for Applications
INFORMATICS FOR LIFE ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
Informatics for life represents an interdisciplinary alliance of cardiovascular physician scientist and computer scientists from the University of Heidelberg, University Hospital Heidelberg, EMBL and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies. It embarks on the high potential of a joint initiative incorporating experts from computational modeling and clinical research. The Informatics for Life project is about creating a translational pipeline from applied sciences and contemporary medical practice to digital medicine & machine learning – with the goals to better benefit the patients, innovate education and generate outreach to the Rhein-Neckar region and internationally.
Heart diseases not only cause the most deaths worldwide, but are also responsible for a substantial morbidity with tremendous limitations in quality of life of the chronically affected patients. Therefore, we need to promote scientific innovations and to enable expedited translation into clinical application and patient care. This holds the potential to substantially improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. To this end we will assemble a straight-forward, integrated research agenda within an Informatics for Life Accelerator Program (Schematics of the Accelerator Program), which will be submitted for evaluation and funding to the Klaus-Tschira Foundation. This IFL-Accelerator application is supposed to succeed the currently funded IFL Bridges Program and is needed to close the gap until the IFL Institute will become reality, as shown below.
The timing of IFL programs:
- Research related to cardiovascular disease is the prerequisite for consideration of applications.
- Funding is provided for innovative research projects that contribute and expand substantially to the overarching goals of the Informatics for Life consortium.
- Interdisciplinarity in each project is mandatory, i.e. there must be applicants from at least two key research fields: Biomedicine and Computer Sciences.
- To create and foster the local environment for digital innovation in medicine, groups should be from the Heidelberg region.
- Applications for funding can be submitted by scientists from established IFL research groups or by as yet not IFL-funded new interdisciplinary research groups or PIs.
- Proof of excellence of the research partners and quality of their previous work.
- Added value of the proposed project to the Accelerator Program, available infrastructure and of possible own financial contributions must be addressed (provide value of infrastructure, persons involved in the consortium, strategies applied towards AI/mathematics/modeling within Heidelberg University).
New applications: New applications of interdisciplinary research consortia/groups are invited, if the research topic strengthens the existing research agenda and priorities of the consortium or if the application expands the research strategies by novel technologies or important targets.
Follow-up applications: Existing interdisciplinary working groups/projects currently funded under the IFL-Bridges Program can submit a new application for funding, which will be evaluated for its scientific quality, innovative potential and medical needs. They need to be substantially developed and expanded from the previous aims. Simple prolongation of funding of work in progress is not possible.
Applications may focus on one of the following areas:
1) Excellence by innovative scientific projects,
2) Living data program: Infrastructure and data management that addresses the generation, annotation, and provisioning of data to the consortium,
3) Education and Outreach Program
Scope and duration of funding
Potential Funding: Up to approximately EUR 150,000 per year for a funding period of 1-5 years. An interim evaluation will take place at year 3 to decide on granting funding for years 4-5 if applicable.
Two-staged procedure, deadline for initial submissions is: 05.03.2023.
Timeline of the two-staged application process
All applications submitted will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary steering committee. On the basis of the written expert opinions, the most promising, selected applicants will receive the invitation for oral presentation of their research proposal. The steering committee will recommend modifications if deemed necessary.
For match making and shaping of interactions between researchers, we propose Friday, the 3rd of February 2023 at 4pm (University Hospital (Neue Krehl Klinik), Im Neuenheimer Feld 410, 69120 Heidelberg, seminar room 725/729).