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NIH Awards $17.9M to SRA International for Continued Informatics Support for TCGA Project

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Last week, SRA international announced that it had received a task order from the National Institutes of Health, worth about $17.9 million over five years if all options are exercised, to provide continued bioinformatics support for The Cancer Genome Atlas Project.

The first 18 months of the task order will be funded under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

Further details of the contract were not disclosed.

SRA will use the funds to develop an algorithm repository as well as provide direct bioinformatics support to the TCGA Program Office, in addition to providing continued support for the data coordinating center and the TCGA data portal.

Since TCGA's inception in 2006, SRA has been responsible for collecting, transforming, disseminating, and conducting quality assurance on the research data generated by the more than 60 organizations participating in the project, which include laboratories, cancer centers, universities, and private companies.

The group has also been involved in developing and supporting software for data submission and quality control as well as an online data-sharing portal for the project.

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