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NHGRI to Award $120M in Stimulus Funding Over FY '09, '10

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The National Human Genome Research Institute plans to award a total of approximately $120 million in fiscal years 2009 and 2010 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The institute plans to distribute approximately $60 million in each fiscal year but has not yet allocated specific amounts to the programs under which the awards will be made, according to Jeff Schloss, NHGRI's program director for technology development coordination.

NHGRI will award Recovery Act grants under a variety of programs, listed on its website here. A few additional funding opportunities will be added over the next few weeks, according to Schloss.

Under the Research and Research Infrastructure "Grand Opportunities" or "GO" grants program, NHGRI intends to commit $20 million in each of fiscal year 2009 and 2010 to fund up to 25 awards, according to the website.

Though applications under this program may address any aspect of the institute's mission, requests in a number of scientific areas that NHGRI deems of "particularly high interest" will receive priority.

These areas are enhancements to the ENCODE and modENCODE projects; the development and application of statistical and computational data analysis methods for DNA sequence, variation, GWAS, genomic function, chemical biology, and related genomic data sets; the development of a software pipeline for sequence data for quality checking, alignment, and variant calling; the development of a data analysis and coordination center for cancer genomics; sequencing technology development; and cellular responses to perturbations.

Letters of intent for the GO program are due April 27, and applications are due May 27.

As reported last week by GenomeWeb Daily News, overall, the GO Grants will provide $200 million through a variety of NIH institutes.

NHGRI has also selected specific topics related to its mission for awards it plans to make under the NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research program. NHGRI's "challenge topics" that list funding opportunities on its website include bioethics, enabling technologies, genomics, and health disparities.

The deadline for applying for NHGRI challenge grants is April 27.

In addition, NHGRI plans to provide supplementary funds to current grantees that "accelerate the tempo of scientific research on active grants and, at the same time, can promote job creation and retention."

Under the Administrative Supplements to NHGRI Grants and Cooperative Agreements program, the institute will give priority to requests that will help retain existing and create new jobs, and that will aid in "accelerating science" in a number of research areas, including data analysis methods, sequencing technology development; ENCODE/modENCODE; model organism database enhancement; population genomics collaborative programs; and ethical, legal, and social implications. The next round of applications for these supplements is due April 30.

Researchers may also submit "revision applications" — previously called "competitive supplements" — to support "a significant expansion of the scope or research protocol of approved and funded projects" under the Competitive Revision Applications for NHGRI Grants and Cooperative Agreements program. The application deadline for these grants is April 21.

Finally, NHGRI-funded researchers may apply for funding to support summer students and research by science educators under the Administrative Supplements for Providing Summer Research Experiences for Students and Science Educators. The next round of applications under that program is due April 30.

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