NEW YORK, May 30 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Institutes of Health issued last week a request for applications for the development of a central information resource for Escherichia coli strain K-12, related strains, and their phages and mobile genetic elements.
The proposed resource, said the NIH, will include "information specific to E. coli K-12, as well as relevant data from strains C and B, and information and data on the principal phages and plasmids that contribute to our basic knowledge of gene transactions, self-assembly processes, and bacterial functioning through the host-parasite relationship," the NIH said. "The content must be current, documented, and reflect uncertainties."
The NIH said that about $800,000 will be provided in 2006 to a single grant in response to the RFA. An applicant may request a project period of up to three years and a budget for direct costs up to 500,000 dollars per year, exclusive of subproject indirect costs, the NIH said.
The RFA, which is being overseen by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, is open to both profit and non-profit organizations.
Additional details about the RFA can be found here.