NEW YORK, June 28 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has issued a request for applications on projects studying protein interactions involved in auditory and vestibular development.
According to NIDCD, the goal of the RFA is to "initiate comprehensive approaches using multiple molecular techniques to study regulatory and signaling proteins important in auditory and vestibular developmental biology. Information gained from these approaches will provide insight to specific protein regulatory networks important to auditory and vestibular function," the institute said.
NIDCD noted that application for studies using high-throughput proteomics approaches are not being considered. Studies eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, ones focused on the use of auditory and vestibular proteins in bacterial or yeast two-hybrid systems to detect putative protein interactions and candidates; mutational analysis of proteins in auditory and vestibular biology; and the use of purified reconstitution systems to assess protein function involved in auditory and vestibular biology, said NIDCD.
NIDCD said that it expects to commit roughly $1.5 million in fiscal 2005 to fund 3 or 4 new grants in response to this RFA. Additional details about the RFA can be found here.