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NHGRI To Devote $2M to New ENCODE Grants

NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Human Genome Research Institute this week released a request for applications that will devote $2 million in FY2004 to support the development of new techniques for use in the NHGRI's Encyclopedia of DNA Elements project, also called ENCODE.


According to the RFA, the emphasis will be on the development of "completely novel techniques for identifying sequence-based functional elements in the genomes of eukaryotic organisms ... rather thanon the incremental improvement of existing methods." Six to 10 grants will be funded in response to the RFA.


This RFA expands upon an initial set of grants that were already funded, but the new focus is on high risk projects, according to the NHGRI.


The RFA can be found here.



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