NIH Grants: $27M for Sequencing in Patient Care and $96M for Big Data Centers for Excellence

$27M for Application of WGS to Medical Care and $96M for Big Data Centers for Excellence

$27M for Application of WGS to Medical Care and $96M for Big Data Centers for Excellence (Image: NIH)

NIH announced that it has awarded four grants for up to four years  to explore the use of whole genome sequencing to patient care. multidisciplinary research teams to explore the use of genome sequencing in medical care. The new grants are part of the National Human Genome Research Institute’s (NHGRI) Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research (CSER) program and were awarded to the following investigators from four institutes in US.

  • Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, Portland, Ore., $8.1 million; Principal Investigators: Katrina Goddard, Ph.D., and Benjamin Wilfond, M.D., Seattle Children’s Research Institute
  • Hudson-Alpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, Ala., $7.66 million; Principal Investigator: Richard Myers, Ph.D.
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, $7.97 million: Principal Investigator: Arul Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D.
  • University of Washington, Seattle, $3 million; Principal Investigators: Gail Jarvik, M.D., Ph.D., Wylie Burke, M.D., Ph.D., Debbie Nickerson, Ph.D., Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, M.D.

The funded projects include exploring the use of genome sequencing to help couple learn about potential carrier status for genetic disease, sequencing genomes of 500 children (and parents) with developmental delays and other disabilities to discover genetic variations behind the disorders, and sequencing genomes of tumors from patients with rare cancers to discover genetic variations and ultimately guide therapies.

NIH Commits $96M for Big Data to Knowledge Centers of Excellence

In addition to this, NIH announced that it will be committing $24M annually  for up to four years to establish Big Data to Knowledge Centers of Excellence.  Just last year, NIH launched the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative to support data science in biomedicine and the investigator-initiated BD2K Center of Excellence funding opportunity is the first funding opportunity from the BD2K initiative.

NIH will be organizing a webinar on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT, for applicants interested in the grant. Grant applications are due on 20th November.

Visit http://bd2k.nih.gov, for more details about this grant and the overall BD2K.

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