Call for Proposals for Platform Projects in the Context of The LOOP Zurich Biomedical Informatics Platform (The LOOP Zurich BMIP)
The LOOP Zurich pursues a data-driven medicine approach. By combining the tremendous amount of clinical information collected in clinical data warehouses of Zurich’s four university hospitals, The LOOP Zurich Biomedical Informatics Platform (BMI Platform) will be established. It will enable researchers to achieve novel insights into etiology and progression of diseases, fostering the development of highly specific diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for the benefit of patients.
Rendering The LOOP Zurich BMIP into a state-of-the-art of informatics platform for research purposes and warranting its optimal usability requires
i) extending BMIP’s scope by incorporation of novel and supplemental data types, and/or
ii) developing advanced tools for data analysis based e.g. on artificial intelligence.
The purpose of Platform Projects is to support such activities.
The LOOP Zurich Platform Projects grant for the BMI Platform supports groups of ideally around 2 to 4 researchers and their teams, which must represent at least two institutions. These consortia should bring together complementary skills, knowledge, and resources, to address a project supporting the further development of the BMIP to the benefit of the Zurich research community. The overall funding for The LOOP Zurich Platform Project is a maximum of 1 Mio CHF per project) to be spent over a period of 3 years.
The projects are intended to
advance and support the development and implementation of a sustainable infrastructure that enables the incorporation of novel and supplemental types of health-related data such as -omics data, imaging data, and/or quasi-real time data (high-frequency recordings) into The LOOP Zurich BMIP and/or
develop new analysis techniques capable of dealing with large amounts of relevant medical data of different types. These techniques should lead to novel insights into a medical problem and/or predict possible outcomes and/or treatment responses with the potential to guide and improve clinical decision making.
The projects must be designed in such a way that success crucially depends on the synergistic contributions of all investigators and their teams.
- Call-start: February 28, 2023
- Submission deadline for project sketch/outline proposal: April 30, 2023
- Invitation to submit full proposal: May 15, 2023
- Submission deadline for the full proposals: July 15, 2023
- Communication of decision to applicants: August 31, 2023
- Earliest project start: October 01, 2023