Data and AI Intensive Research with Rigor and Reproducibility

Applications are now closed for the 2024 cohort.

Dates and applications for 2025 to be announced soon!

Session 1: June 17, 2024 – June 22, 2024 |  University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI

Session 2: July 28, 2024 – August 2, 2024 |  Jackson State University  – Jackson, MS

(The two sessions offer the same curriculum)

Program Overview

The rigor of scientific research and the reproducibility of research results are essential for the validity of research findings and the trustworthiness of science. However, research rigor and reproducibility remains a significant challenge across scientific fields, especially for research with complex data types from heterogeneous sources, and long data manipulation pipelines. This is especially critical as data science and artificial intelligence (AI) methods emerge at lightning speed and researchers scramble to seize the opportunities that the new methods bring. 

While researchers recognize the importance of rigor and reproducibility, they often lack the resources and the technical know-how to achieve this consistently in practice. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, a multi-university team offers a nationwide program to equip faculty and technical staff in biomedical sciences with the skills needed to improve the rigor and reproducibility of their research, and help them transfer such skills to their trainees.

The Data and AI Intensive Research with Rigor and Reproducibility (DAIR3) program includes weeklong bootcamps in the summer that focus on ethical issues in biomedical data science; data management, representation, and sharing; rigorous analytical design; the design and reporting of AI models; generative AI; reproducible workflow; and assessing findings across studies. Additionally, the bootcamp also includes grant writing sessions and research collaboration discussions.

Trainees will then be guided over a one-year period to incorporate the newly acquired mindset, skills and tools into their research; and develop training for their own institutions. 

The DAIR3 team and instructors include faculty and staff research leaders from the University of Michigan, the College of William and Mary, Jackson State University, and University of Texas San Antonio. This highly diverse team will model the culture of diversity that we promote, and will support trainees who are demographically, professionally and scientifically diverse, and are from a diverse range of institutions, including those with limited resources.

The first round of bootcamps will be offered in the summer of 2024, with full scholarships to support trainees from Minority-Serving Institutions, underrepresented demographic groups, and resource-constrained institutions.