Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science (SCH)

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

The purpose of this interagency program solicitation is to support the development of transformative high-risk, high-reward advances in computer and information science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, behavioral and/or cognitive research to address pressing questions in the biomedical and public health communities. Transformations hinge on scientific and engineering innovations by interdisciplinary teams that develop novel methods to intuitively and intelligently collect, sense, connect, analyze and interpret data from individuals, devices and systems to enable discovery and optimize health. Solutions to these complex biomedical or public health problems demand the formation of interdisciplinary teams that are ready to address these issues, while advancing fundamental science and engineering.

Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 9, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations located in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 2

In each annual competition, an investigator may participate as Principal Investigator (PI), co-Principal Investigator (co-PI), Project Director (PD), Senior Personnel or Consultant in no more than two proposals submitted in response to each annual deadline in this solicitation. These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced in order to treat everyone fairly and consistently. In the event that an individual exceeds this limit, proposals received within the limit will be accepted based on earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first two proposals received will be accepted, and the remainder will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.

Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation may not duplicate or be substantially similar to other proposals concurrently under consideration by NSF or NIH programs or study sections. Duplicate or substantially similar proposals will be returned without review. NIH will not accept any application that is essentially the same as one already reviewed within the past 37 months (as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement), except for submission:

  • To an NIH Requests for Applications (RFA) of an application that was submitted previously as an investigator-initiated application but not paid;
  • Of an NIH investigator-initiated application that was originally submitted to an RFA but not paid; or
  • Of an NIH application with a changed grant activity code.



Amount Description

Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 16

per year, subject to the availability of funds.

Projects will be funded for up to four years for a total of $1,200,000 ($300,000 per year).


Anticipated Funding Amount: $15,000,000 to $20,000,000

will be invested in proposals submitted to this solicitation in each year of the solicitation, subject to the availability of funds and the quality of the proposals received.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

November 9, 2023