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NHGRI Sets Aside $400K for Data Center to Study Progress of Minorities in Genomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Human Genome Research Institute seeks to create a Data Analysis and Coordination Center that would collect and study data about the careers of underrepresented minorities involved in genomics research.
 
According to a request for applications released today, NHGRI plans to award a single grant up to $400,000 for as long as five years with the goal of finding ways to increase the number of underrepresented minority researchers practicing genomics or the ethical, legal and social issues involved in genomics.
 
The institute is seeking grant applications from institutions and organizations to collect and analyze data about the careers of individuals who have participated in short-and long-term research training activities that are focused on increasing minorities’ numbers in genomics and ELSI research.
 
NHGRI said the DACC will work with grantees and NHGRI staff to refine what is needed to demonstrate progress and outcomes for various career levels, and to ensure that all data are collected systematically on individual participants.
 
The DACC funded through the program should be prepared to work with grantee data to produce annual and cumulative reports on the progress of programs and outcomes, NHGRI said.

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