Funding Programs

The Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI) is sponsoring a funding program to foster new collaborations between informatics and non-informatics faculty at Penn.  These awards are intended to support collaborative research that leads to successful R01 submissions.  The IBI will award these funds through a competitive review process.  The maximum award amount is $50,000 per year, with the possibility to renew for a second year contingent upon submission of an R01 with at least 2 Co-Principal Investigators.  The awards are to be used for research personnel and expenses and may not be used for faculty salaries.

Eligibility criteria

  • The primary applicant must be an IBI Senior Fellow with current extramural funding.
  • The project must be a collaboration between the applicant and an investigator who works outside the field of informatics and is not an IBI member. Projects involving clinical data are especially encouraged.
  • The proposal should demonstrate how the project creates or builds upon collaborations within the Penn community.

Application process

  • Applications must be submitted in full to Hannah Chervitz by 5:00 p.m. EST on December 15, 2016 and must include:
    • Abstract: The abstract should be no longer than 500 words and does not count toward the proposal page limit.
    • Rough budget and justification: Please include cost estimates and a brief justification for personnel and resources that will be supported by this award.
    • NIH Biosketch: NIH-format biosketches for the applicant and Co-PI should be included.
    • Research proposal: The proposal should be no longer than 5 pages (Arial 11pt, one-inch margins) and should include Aims, Significance, Approach, and plans for extramural grant funding. Proposals must demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of the research and specify how the project fosters new collaborations across disciplines at Penn.

Review process

  • A review panel will be established that consists of IBI Senior Fellows best suited to evaluate the proposals received. The composition of the review panel will be made public once awards are made.

Program requirements

  • Principal investigators of funded projects will be required to:
    • Provide a final report and an accounting of all funds expended at the completion of the project OR submit a copy of a proposal that has been submitted to a funding agency such as the NIH, NSF, or comparable funding agency and builds upon the funded project, involves the investigators of the seed grant, and acknowledges the IBI as a source of funding.
    • Provide content about the project for the IBI web site.
    • Acknowledge the Institute for Biomedical Informatics as a funding source in all publications that result from the project.


Institute for Biomedical Informatics AMIA travel grants

The Institute for Biomedical Informatics is funding five travel grants in the amount of $3,000 each for junior faculty to attend the American Medical Informatics Association’s 2016 Annual Symposium (for details, see  To be eligible, applicants must be a member of the Perelman School of Medicine standing faculty at the assistant professor level.  Preference will be given to faculty who have not previously attended an AMIA Symposium.  To apply, please send an email to with a short statement describing your research interests and how you would benefit from attending the AMIA Symposium.  The deadline to apply is August 31, 2016.