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NIH Updates

Data Mining

The NIH COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) of scholarly literature about COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, and the Coronavirus group is open and available for text data mining tool development.

  • Target Audience: US artificial intelligence experts are called on to use this resource to develop new text and data mining techniques that can help the science community answer high-priority scientific questions related to COVID-19.
  • Created by the Allen Institute for AI, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), Georgetown University's Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), Microsoft, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health
  • Requested by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Contains over 57,000 scholarly articles, and growing
  • Updated weekly


The NIH iSearch COVID-19 Portfolio builds on and complements the CORD-19 collection by providing a comprehensive listing of publicly available COVID‑19 publications and preprints coupled with a user-friendly portfolio analysis interface for querying the full text and supplemental data.

  • Target Audience: Researchers
  • Contents pulled from the National Library of Medicine's PubMed resource for citations and abstracts of published biomedical literature
  • Updated daily with new literature selected for inclusion by subject matter experts

NC TraCS updates


As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop in North Carolina and around the world, we are following the University’s lead and adjusting our on-campus office schedule as needed. Though physical offices are closed for the moment, NC TraCS remains open for business virtually. This will give us the opportunity to continue our work with the research faculty and staff we already serve, and presents a chance for us to help researchers who have yet to use our services.

Explore our services and request a consultation today!

FUNDING Announcement

Following the release of the special COVID-19-focused TraCS pilot call in April, NC TraCS has eliminated one of the planned FastTraCS Grant, $5-50K Pilot, and Translational Science Methods & Process Award cycles for this year. Instead of July and November deadlines, there is now one 2020 deadline remaining for these three funding opportunities – September 22, 2020.

Remote Data Collection and Stakeholder Engagement

For researchers conducting studies remotely due to COVID-19, the CaSE team offers tips and tools for conducting qualitative data collection remotely:

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CaSE has also published Tips & Tools for Stakeholder Engagement during COVID-19:

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UNC Research updates

UNC-Chapel Hill has reduced operations and limited access to campus. Research, however, is encouraged to be conducted remotely to enable the UNC research enterprise to continue its important work.

Visit research.unc.edu/covid-19 to view Key Takeaways for UNC Researchers and up-to-date information on research operations.

Coronavirus Drug Shows Promise at UNC

UNC researchers are doing their part in the fight against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Watch this video to learn more.

Read more at research.unc.edu/in-pursuit

UNC Health updates

UNC Health Begins COVID-19 Testing at UNC Medical Center
Clinical microbiology experts at the UNC Medical Center and UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill have developed a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) diagnostic test based on the World Health Organization (WHO) assay. It is now in use to conduct COVID-19 testing for UNC Health patients in accordance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance for individuals who meet criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)...

UNC-Chapel Hill updates

The University is actively working on contingency plans as operations change to manage any impact of COVID-19 on our community. Updates on the University's response to COVID-19 are continuously provided on UNC's Coronavirus Updates page.

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Have news or an announcement to share? Contact Daniel Nuttall at daniel_nuttall@med.unc.edu

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