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NHGRI Sets Aside $15M in RFAs for Genome-Wide Association Research

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Human Genome Research Institute has set aside approximately $15 million in fiscal year 2007 under a request for applications that wouold support genome-wide association genotyping and replication studies.
The NHGRI said it would fund two to four grants to support “genotyping facilities to genotype samples from existing population, cohort, clinical, and family studies and clinical trials for genome-wide association studies of diseases and traits of substantial public health impact.”
NIH expects to award a total of $26 million over four years under this solicitation. The government's fiscal year begins Oct. 1.


The development effort is part of the Genes and Environment Initiative, a four-year NIH program proposed in the President’s fiscal 2007 budget. Currently awaiting Congressional approval, the initiative will support efforts to identify major genetic susceptibility factors for disease and to develop technologies for “reliable and reproducible measurement of potentially causative environmental exposures,” NHGRI said.
RFA applicants may request a project period of up to four years and a budget for direct costs up to $6 million for the full period, NHGRI said.
Letters of intent should be received by Nov. 1 and applications should be received by Nov. 29, according to NHGRI. Earliest anticipated start date is July 1, 2007.
Between this RFA and two other accompanying solicitations on genome-wide association studies, NIH anticipates funding 12-15 studies, with RFAs for six studies planned for fiscal years 2008 and 2009.
Additional information for the grant mechanism can be found here.

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