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NIGMS Offering $1.6M for Genetics Studies Into 'Complex' Human Phenotypes

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The National Institute of General Medical Sciences plans to offer $1.6 million to fund three or four new grants to study the genetic mechanisms that underlie complex human phenotypes, and how these different traits are encoded in DNA.
 
The National Institutes of Health said it is asking researchers, including those working in academic, small business, or government labs, to submit proposals for up to $250,000 to be granted over four years.
 
The NIH said the long-term goal of the research is to “understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie complex diseases in humans in order to improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.”
 
The research “ideally” would be conducted using human subjects, though the NIH said it expects researchers to develop animal studies.
 
For the purposes of these grants, the NIH said, researchers must plan to demonstrate how the research on animals will inform future experiments concerning complex human phenotypes.
 
Applications are due by Oct. 24.
 
The full RFA may be viewed here.

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