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Division of Data Science and Technology (DST)


The Division of Data Science and Technology (DST) supports basic and applied research related to the development of scientific tools, technologies, and approaches related to brain and behavioral research. 

In addition to developing new ways to collect data, DST supports informatics research and provides infrastructure related to understanding mental illness. Those research efforts involve software development, new data analysis approaches, establishing and promulgating data standards, and supporting the infrastructure needed to store various types of data. 

Finally, DST supports infrastructure efforts such as the NeuroBioBank program and non-human primate colonies for neuroscience research. Tools and technologies supported by DST are expected to be broadly applicable to the mission of NIMH. 

These programs provide support through a variety of grant and contract mechanisms.

  1. Develop and direct initiatives to advance technology development and scientific informatics in the service of NIMH's mission
  2. Coordinate NIMH’s participation in the BRAIN Initiative 
  3. Oversee and coordinate all NIMH efforts related to research and development of technologies and scientific informatics to ensure a coherent strategic approach to the research. This includes implementing strategies to link data across new and existing NIMH and NIH data resources.
  4. Manage the NIMH Data Archive
  5. Manage infrastructure projects that are needed to support mental health research
  6. Serve as the main NIMH point of contact and representative to all trans-NIH committees and groups dealing with technology development and informatics.


Gregory K. Farber, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Data Science and Technology