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NHGRI to Back New Genomics Centers with up to $2M per Year

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Human Genome Research Institute will fund a number of genomic research hubs that will support novel, interdisciplinary research into genome-wide studies, computational biology, and other similar cutting-edge programs.
As part of its ongoing Centers of Excellence in Genomics Science program, which started in 2001, NHGRI plans to support researchers with as much as $2 million a year for research and up to $500,000 over five years for equipment purchases.
“We intend for these to be quite forward looking, and we will be extremely selective,” NHGRI Program Director of Technology Development Jeff Schloss told GenomeWeb Daily News. He described the ideal work as “the kind of research that is likely to break new ground in genomics sciences.”
In an announcement on Friday, NIH said that a CEGS will “address a critical issue in genomic science, proposing a solution that would be a very substantial advance.” Thus, “the research conducted at these centers will entail substantial risk, balanced by outstanding scientific and management plans and very high potential payoff,” NIH said.
The funding will be administered through a P50 Center grant program. Applicants may seek up to five years of support and the total length of any of these P50 centers will not exceed ten years.
Letters of intent are due annually by April 25, 2008-2010, and applications are due May 25, in 2008-2010.
More information can be found here.

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