The Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) mission is supported by the:
- Business Operations Branch (BOB)
- Cancer Informatics Branch (CIB)
- Evaluation and Strategic Initiatives Branch (ESIB)
- Infrastructure and Information Technology Operations Branch (IITOB)
- NCI Office of Data Sharing (ODS)
Branch Chief: Dwayne Forquer, M.B.A
The Business Operations Branch (BOB) provides essential business services and support for CBIIT by managing its business portfolio, financial and contract management, staffing, and communications. In addition to guiding CBIIT’s business practices, BOB fulfills CBIIT’s role to steward federal IT funding and data inquiries on behalf of NCI.
- coordinates timely and accurate information for NCI IT data call from HHS, NIH, and the Office of Management and Budget.
- establishes NCI processes to adhere to federal mandates for IT spending and compliance with the Federal Information Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA).
- manages CBIIT’s business portfolio to improve efficiency of CBIIT’s service to NCI.
Branch Chief: Juli Klemm, Ph.D.
The Cancer Informatics Branch (CIB) provides biomedical informatics and data science expertise to facilitate the management, use, and analysis of cancer research data.
- initiates and coordinates special projects and activities to further the use of informatics throughout the cancer research community such as the Cancer Research Data Commons and the Cloud Resources
- supports the informatics infrastructure for key NCI initiatives such as the MATCH trial and the Clinical Trials Reporting Program
- collaborates with with other government agencies to advance informatics for cancer research. Example programs include the Joint Design for Advanced Computing Solutions for Cancer (JDACS4C) and APOLLO
- provides semantic resources, such as the NCI Thesaurus, to enable standards-based data sharing
- delivers computational biology services and bioinformatics training for NCI intramural research community
- coordinates trans-NCI efforts to support investigator-initiated informatics technology development, such as the ITCR program
Branch Chief: Carl McCabe, Ph.D.
The Evaluation and Strategic Initiatives Branch (ESIB) facilitates continuous improvement of CBIIT’s products, services, and processes. This group supports the understanding and introduction of new technologies and approaches, promotes innovation across CBIIT, and facilitates the strategic planning process for the organization. ESIB also provides expertise and support for the NCI enterprise grants management IT system and development of other business applications
- aligns CBIIT’s projects with NCI’s strategy
- develops scientific management solutions for NCI
- facilitates NCI’s Informatics and IT Advisory Group, a committee of NCI staff representatives involved in coordinating informatics and IT for NCI
Branch Chief: Jeff Shilling
The Infrastructure and IT Operations Branch (IITOB) manages the IT infrastructure for the NCI enterprise. In addition to providing IT support to enable the work of the Institute daily, IITOB leads efforts to modernize and provide access to leading edge technology and capabilities for NCI.
- plans and maintains institute-wide infrastructure including network resource, scientific and business data repositories, telecommunications, collaboration tools, and wireless devices
- maintains IT Security measures for NCI
- oversees IT operational security to ensure compliance with all relevant federal security plans, standards, and NIH-wide policies
- provides data protection, disaster recovery, and IT support
Director: Jaime M. Guidry Auvil, Ph.D.
The NCI Office of Data Sharing (ODS), headquartered within the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT), is creating a comprehensive data sharing vision and strategy for NCI and the cancer research community.
The office advocates for the proper balance of open-access and broad data sharing policies to enable reproducibility, secondary use, and knowledge sharing. ODS respects the rights of the public to participate in and benefit from publicly funded research while considering the critical importance of intellectual property concerns for individuals and organizations to support a healthy commercial marketplace.
- advises on ethical data access and sharing issues, policies, and practices
- enhances the accessibility and utility of research data and metadata, in part by refining data and metadata standards
- develops sustainable, achievable, and meaningful incentives for data sharing
- supports equitable sharing through a robust, sustainable data ecosystem
- encourages participation in major data-sharing initiatives, including contributing to NIH data repositories
- creates educational resources to guide the cancer community on the importance and processes of sharing data