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NICHD to Grant up to $8.75M for Bioinformatics for Animal Models

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health will grant up to $8.75 million over five years to scientists looking to develop bioinformatics technologies that may be used in research using animal models of embryonic developmental processes.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) plans to support grantees with between $500,000 and $1.75 million total per year, with the size of the awards varying due to the nature of the research.
The Resource Program Grants in Bioinformatics funding could be used to support a variety of programs. These could include efforts to curate and annotate unique collections of data, information, or knowledge supporting studies using animal model systems, as well as software for information and knowledge processing, data extraction, and data integration.
These NICHD-funded studies also could include developing tools for analyzing and storing large sets of genomic and proteomic data, as well as gene and protein expression data.
Applicants also could propose developing tools for analyzing data from gene regulatory networks, protein interaction networks, epigenetic regulatory mechanism, and systems biology approaches, as well as other unique data sets useful for biomedical research using animal models of developmental processes.
To qualify for the funding, applicants must show demonstrable value in demonstrating research advancing software, algorithms, or knowledge resources that are important to researchers studying the biological basis of human and animal development and the etiology of structural birth defects.

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