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NIH Pledges $7M for Genotyping of Diabetes and Diabetic Complications

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (GenomeWeb News) - Three NIH institutes have collectively allocated $3 million for fiscal year 2006 to fund diabetes research projects, according to a request for applications published on the National Institutes of Health website.


The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease; and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases intend to commit $3 million in fiscal year 2006 and $2 million each for 2007 and 2008. The organizations expect to make five to seven awards, for a maximum period of three years, the solicitation said. The earliest anticipated start date is Sept. 15, 2006.


Applicants should focus on a strategy for high-density genotyping of two existing DNA sample collections: Epidemiology of Diabetes and its Complications and Genetics of Kidneys in Diabetes. 


No funding should be requested for whole-genome genotyping, as the genotyping costs for whole-genome analyses will be borne separately by the NIDDK, NIH said. Funds may be requested for "limited genotyping" in a candidate gene.


Genotyping data will be stored in an NIDDK repository and shared with the research community one year after it is generated, NIH said.


Letters of intent are due March 14, 2006 and applications must be received by April 12, 2006.


More information can be found here.

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