Innovation Lab (I-Lab)
The CDC Office of Technology and Innovation’s Innovation Lab (I-Lab) promotes the testing and implementation of innovative ideas across the agency through a variety of programs and initiatives. The I-Lab promotes and facilitates solutions and new approaches to public health challenges through a variety of activities including:
- Coordinating CDC’s Small Business Innovation Research Program which funds U.S.-based small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for technology commercialization. CDC’s SBIR Program targets innovations in diagnostics, data science (e.g., artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning), surveillance, occupational safety and health, and public health.
- CDC has launched a new collaborative with Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) to accelerate data science for public health impact and find solutions to data challenges.
- Facilitating innovative solutions to scientific and public health problems through open innovation tools such as citizen science, crowdsourcing, challenges, and contests. CDC’s I-Lab helps CDC programs explore these tools and approaches through technical assistance, consultation, and access to challenge platforms.
For additional information, please contact us at OTI@cdc.gov or 404-639-1330.