Accelerate your biomedical research

Through the STRIDES Initiative, NIH-funded researchers and institutions can accelerate processing, storage, and analysis of large datasets and complex workloads with special pricing on advanced cloud technology.

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Benefits of STRIDES Initiative

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Special pricing on cloud technology

Microsoft Azure helps researchers process complex workloads and speed time to results by providing intelligent, scalable, and secure computing, storage, and networking. Through STRIDES Initiative, access special pricing across Azure’s services, including a data egress waiver and other discounts.

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Support from Microsoft experts

Bring your projects to the cloud with enterprise - level support from subject matter experts specialized in biomedical research workloads. Access bioinformaticians, datascientists, and engineers to design unique solutions.

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Access to special training

Microsoft provides free, specialized training to help research teams smoothly and efficiently manage their projects. Learn how to design cloud architecture, manage costs, and how to get the most out of your cloud environments.

How to join the STRIDES Initiative

The NIH Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative aims to accelerate biomedical research by providing access to cost-effective, advanced cloud technology and services to optimize processing, storage, and analysis of large datasets and computationally intensive workloads.

The NIH STRIDES Initiative is open to all NIH-funded organizations and institutions.


Dr. Amanda Randles from Duke University working with a member of her team at a computer.

Duke University reinvented ventilators to save more lives

Ventilators became a scarce resource as the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world. Professor Randles and her team at Duke University rushed to find a safe and easy way to effectively split a single ventilator between two patients.They partnered with Microsoft AI for Health to run over 800,000 computer hours in just 36 hours to build a life-saving solution.

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NIH-funded researchers with an active grant can access Microsoft Azure by contacting our team through the form below.

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Through the STRIDES initiative, NIH-funded researchers and institutions can accelerate processing, storage, and analysis of large datasets with advanced cloud technology.