Open Source Software Innovation competition announced by ICB3

Apr 22 2013

The Institute for Computational Biology, Biostatistics, and Bioinformatics (ICB3) is accepting letters of intent and submissions for its Open Source Software Innovation competition.

Open to all UMass Amherst faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, the program is designed to support and stimulate software development and trans-disciplinary collaborations among computational, statistical and life sciences researchers, showcase campus strengths in these disciplines, and provide a novel mechanism for the dissemination of new knowledge, tools and research.

The tentative prize structure, to be determined by a panel of experts, includes a $5,000 first-place award, $3,000 for second place, $1,000 for third, and honorable mentions that will provide manuscript support. Entries that integrate with existing open source software platforms, are easy to use, and have been applied to real data are strongly encouraged. Those entering are asked to submit a letter of intent via the web form available at by June 3.

Associate Professor of Biostatistics Andrea Foulkes said, “As ICB3’s director, I am very pleased to announce the OSSI competition. Big data, data sciences, and life science analytics are leading to a new class of insights with the potential to enable more tailored and accurate diagnostic and prognostic biomedical tools. At UMass Amherst many researchers from diverse disciplines are actively working to realize this potential. The OSSI prize competition is designed to inspire, acknowledge and support these important efforts.”

For more information about the Open Source Software Innovation competition, go to or e-mail