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NHGRI Sets Aside $20M-Plus to Fund $100K-, $1K-Genome Studies in FY08

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The National Human Genome Research Institute has set aside more than $20 million in fiscal 2008 funding for studies that aim to develop tools to lower the cost of sequencing a human genome to $100,000, and eventually $1,000.
 
NHGRI said the purpose of the “near term” technology solicitations, set out in eight requests for applications, is to fund de novo sequencing technology studies that could produce “for about $100,000 a draft-quality assembly that is at least comparable to that represented by the mouse draft sequence produced by December 2002.”
 
The eight RFAs are:
 
1. The Near-Term Technology Development for Genome Sequencing R01 (RFA-HG-07-016) will commit $2 million in fiscal 2008 to fund up to four studies running over a period of up to three years and a total cost of $1.5 million per year.  
 
2. The Near-Term Technology Development for Genome Sequencing R21 (RFA-HG-07-017) will commit $1 million in fiscal 2008 for projects that may be spread over a period of three years. Total per-year funding for each request is $200,000 per year.
 
3. The Near-Term Technology Development for Genome Sequencing SBIR [R43/R44] (RFA-HG-07-018) grants will fund up to $250,000 per year for two years for Phase I studies and $1.5 million per year for three years for Phase II studies.
 
4. The Near-Term Technology Development for Genome Sequencing STTR [R41/R42] (RFA-HG-07-019) grants will fund budgets up to $250,000 per year for up to two years for Phase I studies and up to $1.5 million per year for up to three years for Phase II studies.
 
5. The Revolutionary Genome Sequencing Technologies – The $1000 Genome R01 (RFA-HG-07-020) will make between two and seven awards totaling up to $5 million in fiscal 2008. Applicants may request grants for up to five years and a budget of up to $1.5 million per year.
 
6. The Revolutionary Genome Sequencing Technologies – The $1000 Genome R21 (RFA-HG-07-021) will fund as many as seven grant awards totaling $2 million in fiscal 2008.
 
7. The Revolutionary Genome Sequencing Technologies – The $1000 Genome SBIR [R43/R44] (RFA-HG-07-022) will fund as many as seven awards totaling $2 million in fiscal 2008. Applicants may request up to $200,000 per year for up to three years.
 
8. The Revolutionary Genome Sequencing Technologies – The $1000 Genome STTR [R41/R42] (RFA-HG-07-023) will fund budgets up to $250,000 per year for up to two years for Phase I grants and as much as $1.5 million per year for up to three years.
 
Additional information about the RFAs can be found here.