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NIH – Limited Competition: Construction of a Reference Sequence Data Set for the Human Microbiome Project (U54)

NIH – Limited Competition: Construction of a Reference Sequence Data Set for the Human Microbiome Project (U54)

Request For Applications (RFA) Number: RFA-RM-08-001

Key Dates:

Release Date: November 21, 2007
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: April 22, 2008
Application Receipt Date: May 22, 2008
Peer Review Date(s): October/November, 2008
Council Review Date: January 2009
Earliest Anticipated Start Date: April 1, 2009
Expiration Date: May 23, 2008
Applicant information meeting: December 10, 2007 (see http://www.scgcorp.com/Microbiome)

Executive Summary:

-This RFA invites applications for a limited competition Request for Applications (RFA) for the continued support of sequencing efforts to complete the generation of a reference set of DNA sequence-based data for the Human Microbiome Project (HMP).
-The overall objective of this limited competition RFA is to support continued generation of sequenced microbial genomes isolated from the human body and exploration, through metagenomic sequencing, of the microbial flora at a set of designated anatomical sites of the human body.
-This limited competition RFA will use the U54 cooperative agreement mechanism to continue the effort of supporting human microbiome sequencing that was begun in FY07 through funds provided to NHGRI- and NIAID-funded large-scale sequencing centers.
-The total funds available for up to five awards are approximately $30,542,500 total costs for four years.
-Up to 5 awards are anticipated from this FOA.
-Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education; Private Institution of Higher Education; Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education); Nonprofit without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education); Small Business; For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business); Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government.
-Only NHGRI and NIAID awardees of large-scale sequencing centers (both extramural and intramural; e.g. those Institutions currently funded under RFA-06-001) are invited to apply.
-Eligible principal investigators include the current principal investigator and/or any other designated/approved individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research.
-See Section IV.1 for application materials.
-Telecommunications for the hearing impaired is available at: TTY 301-451-0088.
-Special Receipt Date May 22, 2008

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