EGRP News Flash - December 6, 2012

New NIH Common Fund Requests for Applications for Human Microbiome Project and Genotype-Tissue Project

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced Requests for Applications (RFAs) inviting proposals for two initiatives of the NIH Common Fund which supports cross-cutting programs that are expected to have exceptionally high impact.

The first RFA is a new funding opportunity for the Human Microbiome Project. The RFA, Evaluation of Multi-'omic Data in Understanding the Human Microbiome's Role in Health and Disease (U54), invites applications for projects that will generate microbiome taxonomic, metagenomic and functional data from clinical biospecimens obtained from cohorts of carefully-phenotyped subjects with a specific disease or health state and combine the microbiome and host data to produce a community resource.

Letters of intent are due January 8, 2013. The application due date is February 8, 2013. Access more details about this RFA in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, RFA-RM-12-021External Web Site Policy. Learn more about the Human Microbiome ProjectExternal Web Site Policy.

For cancer epidemiology questions related to RFA-RM-12-021, contact Mukesh Verma, Ph.D., Chief, Methods and Technologies Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute (NCI).

The second RFA is a new funding opportunity for the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) Project. This RFA, Enhancing GTex With Molecular Analysis of Stored Biospecimens (U01), seeks applications to enhance GTEx by performing molecular analyses of stored biospecimens. GTEx is first and foremost a community resource with rapid data release, and applicants are encouraged to generate results that, when integrated with existing data, add scientific value to the resource as a whole. While data production is important, applications should also address a scientific question, even if it cannot be definitively answered, given the size and duration of awards under this RFA.

Letters of intent are due February 1, 2013. Applications are due March 28, 2013. Access more details about this RFA in the NIH Guide, RFA-RM-12-009External Web Site Policy. Learn more about the GTEx ProjectExternal Web Site Policy.

For cancer epidemiology questions related to RFA-RM-12-009, contact Danielle Carrick, Ph.D., M.H.S., Program Director, Host Susceptibility Factors Branch, EGRP, DCCPS, NCI.

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