RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C — RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, today announced that it has been selected to join the national consortium of organizations supporting the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program.
RTI received the program’s Engagement and Retention Innovators award, a five-year award with an initial $5.7 million in funding for the first year, to work collaboratively with other consortium members to develop innovative, impactful experiences for participants designed to foster engagement with and retention in the All of Us Research Program.
The All of Us Research Program is designed to engage diverse participants across the U.S., particularly from communities that have been historically underrepresented in biomedical research. The program’s goal is to enroll 1,000,000 participants, and it has successfully signed on more than 360,000 people to date.
Data gathered from participants will help drive innovation in health care and help scientists understand how genes, health practices and environmental exposures produce and impact health and illness. The program will gather genomic information, health information from electronic health records and additional participant-reported information gathered through surveys and wearable devices.
According to the RTI Principal Investigators, Megan Lewis, Ph.D. and Jennifer Uhrig, Ph.D., “Helping the public understand the importance and complexity of the All of Us Research Program requires innovative strategies that are co-created with communities for communities, and that leverage the power of digital technology. We look forward to working with other organizations in the consortia to help the program achieve success.”
RTI's partners on the award include the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Community Campus Partnerships for Health, and nuMedia Innovations.
This work is supported by NIH’s All of Us Research Program under award number OT2OD028395. All of Us is a service mark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.