NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health will fund grants to investigators who want to pursue zebrafish research projects, including those proposing specific genetic screens and new technologies to study the zebrafish, the NIH said this week.
These R01 grants will fund budgets under $500,000 in costs per year for project durations of up to five years, the NIH said in two program announcements.
The funding opportunity stems from an NIH initiative developed by the Institutes and Centers of the Trans-NIH Zebrafish Coordinating Committee, which is under the co-chairmanship of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
The objective of the research is to “broaden the range, power, and utility of tools for biomedical and behavioral research using zebrafish, and to develop genetic and genomic resources of high priority to the zebrafish community.”
The research under one program could include the development or application of novel screens for mutants; screens identifying novel development genes and pathways; screens for identifying genetic modifiers and/or gene variants; screens analyzing the genetic basis of adult phenotypes such as behavior, aging, organ disease cancer, and others; and development of high throughput small molecule screens.
The second program seeks researchers looking to develop tools or techniques deemed important to the zebrafish community. NIH said these programs would develop technologies that can “advance the detection and characterization of genes, pathways, and phenotypes of interest in development, and aging, organ formation, neural processes, behavior, sensory processing, physiological processes, and disease processes.”