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CIDR Liaison for NIH

Barbara Thomas, Ph.D.
Scientific Review Officer for CIDR, Scientific Review Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute

CIDR Liaison for NCI

Melissa Rotunno, Ph.D.
Program Director, Genomic Epidemiology Branch
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

What is CIDR?

The Center for Inherited Disease ResearchExternal Web Site Policy (CIDR) Program at The Johns Hopkins University provides high-quality arraysExternal Web Site Policy and sequencing servicesExternal Web Site Policy to investigators working to discover genes that contribute to diseases.

The NIH CIDR Program

Ten Institutes at the NIH support a contract with CIDR that offers investigators access to next-generation sequencing, genotyping, methylation and statistical genetics services at no cost to the investigators. Requests for services are evaluated using a competitive, peer-reviewed application process.

Applying for CIDR Services as an NCI Grantee

After they have obtained clearance from NCI as described below, researchers who have submitted (or plan to submit) a grant application to NCI may request CIDR services to support the research there proposed, via the NIH contract. Researchers with grant applications funded by other NIH Institutes should obtain instructions specific to that Institute by contacting the appropriate CIDR Program LiaisonExternal Web Site Policy.

Investigators can obtain clearance from NCI by emailing the NCI CIDR Liaison, Melissa Rotunno, Ph.D., with the following information:

  1. The intended date of submission of the CIDR application and of the related NCI grant application or the NCI grant number if already submitted or awarded.
  2. The title, abstract and specific aims of the proposed CIDR application and of the related NCI grant application. NOTE: The genotyping, sequencing, or other services requested must be described in the related NCI grant application.
  3. The type of service and platform requested.
  4. The number and type of samples to be included, specifying percentage of samples in hand, which is expected to be the majority.

Once clearance has been granted by the NCI CIDR Liaison, applications must be submitted electronically through using the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) forms and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. Access to the CIDR Program is awarded using the X01 grant award mechanism. CIDR applications are accepted continuously and are reviewed six times per year. For more information about the NIH CIDR application process, visit the CIDR websiteExternal Web Site Policy or contact Barbara Thomas, Ph.D., the CIDR Liaison for NIH.

Please note investigators can apply for access to CIDR either before or after submitting the related NCI grant application.

  • If CIDR access is granted before submitting the NCI grant application, a letter verifying CIDR's commitment to perform the genotyping will be sent to the applicant for inclusion in the related NCI grant application. In this case the NCI grant application budget should not include the cost for the CIDR services.
  • If access to CIDR is obtained after submitting the related NCI grant application, the budget of the related NCI grant application should include the cost for the same services requested at CIDR and would be adjusted to remove those costs at the time CIDR access is granted.

In either scenario, CIDR access will be contingent on the related NCI grant application being funded, NCI CIDR funds availability, and other project specific provisions.