NCI created CBIIT to lead the coordination, development, and deployment of enterprise-wide digital capabilities (including biomedical informatics, scientific-management information systems, and computing resources) in support of the Institute's initiatives. Through CBIIT, NCI is helping to speed scientific discovery and facilitate translational research by using IT and informatics to address complex research challenges. The ability to manage and analyze diverse, and often extremely large, collections of data — whether high-throughput genomics data, clinical data, or annotated medical images — in an integrated fashion is increasingly indispensable.
Through the National Cancer Informatics Program (NCIP), CBIIT offers open-source infrastructure components, access to data, and software tools to meet specific research needs. CBIIT and NCIP activities are carried out in response to the expressed research needs of the cancer research community, bringing digital capabilities and research partners together to address critical challenges.