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NCI's caBIG Seeks Proposals for In Silico Research Centers

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The National Cancer Institute's Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid program is seeking proposals for a series of In Silico Research Centers that will offer bioinformatics support to cancer researchers. 
According to a solicitation issued in mid-December and available here, the centers will perform "in silico, hypothesis-driven research using data analysis, aggregation, and mining focused on discovery using caBIG and other publicly available cancer-related data sources."
The solicitation said that NCI's Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology will provide funding for the centers, but did not disclose further details on the amount of funding available.
"The primary goal of the ISRC will be to add scientific value to the large-scale datasets developed as part of the caBIG program, and currently accessible through the caGrid," the solicitation stated. "ISRC will utilize tools developed as part of the caBIG program, as well as other open-source or commercial tools as needed to accomplish the desired goals of making novel discoveries that have the potential to rapidly advance our understanding of cancer etiology and its effective treatment and prevention."
The solicitation is open to academic or commercial organizations with expertise in computational biology, informatics analysis, statistics, genomics, proteomics, or image analysis. 
Proposals are due on Feb. 5. 

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