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German Research Foundation Funds Four Sequencing Centers With €14M

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — The German Research Foundation (DFG) said yesterday that it has funded four new German sequencing centers with a total of €14 million ($17.3 million) over three years.

The four centers will be equipped with next-generation sequencing technology, and will offer consulting services for sequencing projects and bioinformatics to researchers. They are also eligible for a 22 percent program allowance for indirect project costs resulting from their operation.

The four centers — which were selected from six applicants — are the West German Genome Center, a collaboration led by the University of Cologne that also involves the University of Bonn and the University of Düsseldorf; the NGS Competence Center Tübingen at the University of Tübingen; the Dresden-Concept Genome Center at Technical University Dresden; and the Competence Center for Genomic Analysis Kiel at the University of Kiel.

DFG said it plans to put out a call for sequencing project proposals ranging in size from €100,000 to €1 million in the near future. Sequencing for these projects, which can be submitted by research institutions across Germany and involve any organism, will be provided by the four centers.