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NIH Sets Aside $10M for New PGx-Related Funding Opportunities

NEW YORK, May 16 (GenomeWeb News) - Three institutes of the National Institutes of Health have set aside more than $10 million over the next three years in a search for the design and analysis of genome-wide association studies for a variety of diseases, according to a request for applications issued by the agency last week.


The purpose of the request, which can be seen here, is to "develop and test innovative, informative, and cost-effective study designs and analytical strategies to perform genome-wide association studies on diseases such as those affecting the heart, lung, blood, and sleep."


The initiative, which is set to run until July 2005, is a joint effort between the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the National Human Genome Research Institute; the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.


The NHLBI intends to commit $1.8 million in FY 2006 and $5.4 million over three years to fund five to six new grants; the NIEHS will commit $500,000 in FY 2006 and $1.5 million over three years to fund one to two new grants; and the NIGMS has earmarked $300,000 in FY 2006 and $900,000 over three years to fund one new grant. NHGRI will conduct the peer review of applications and manage the program, according to the request.


The funding opportunity will use the U01 award mechanism, and is open to both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.


Separately, the NIH last week issued a program announcement under which the National Institute of Mental Health will provide an unspecified amount of funding for deep sequencing and haplotype profiling of mental disorders.


According to the PA, which can be seen here, applications may propose "new technologies for cost-effective whole genome analysis and in-depth sequencing and analysis of candidate genes and genomic regions in pedigrees or in a sample of unrelated cases with mental disorders."


The NIH said that no funds have been set aside for the initiative, and the size and duration of each award is expected to vary. The funding opportunity will use the R01 mechanism, and is open to both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. It is set to run until July 2008.

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