In an effort to better analyze and leverage a growing tsunami of mammoth biomedical data sets, the National Institutes of Health has awarded $32 million in grants as part of its Big Data to Knowledge initiative.

The awards will support the development of new approaches, software, tools, and training programs to improve access to data, including “novel analytics to mine large amounts of data,” according to NIH. Overall, the agency is projected to invest nearly $656 million through 2020 on the Big Data to Knowledge initiative to take advantage of the explosion of biomedical data.

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