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Genomic Centers for Infectious Diseases (U19): RFA-AI-13-009

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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Application Receipt Date(s): June 24, 2013

The purpose of this initiative is to establish Genomic Centers for Infectious Diseases as a collaborative program that will utilize a combination of next generation sequencing and related genomic technologies, bioinformatics capabilities and computational analyses to understand infectious diseases, with a focus on the pathogen and its interaction with the host. The knowledge generated, including research data, analytical software tools, computational models, experimental protocols, and reagents, is expected to be widely disseminated to the scientific community through publicly accessible databases and reagent repositories.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports research related to the basic understanding, treatment and ultimately prevention of infectious, immunologic and allergic diseases that threaten millions of human lives. The NIAID Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID) supports a comprehensive extramural research portfolio focused on the prevention and control of diseases caused by virtually all infectious agents. This includes basic research, such as studies of microbial biology and physiology; applied research, including the development of medical diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines; and clinical trials to evaluate experimental drugs and vaccines.

NIAID/DMID has made a significant investment in genomic-related activities that provide to the scientific community comprehensive resources for genome sequencing, transcriptomics, proteomics and bioinformatics, as well as rapid availability of data and reagents for basic and applied research in support of the Institute’s mission. NIAID-supported genomic research programs include the:

  • Genomic Sequencing Centers for Infectious Diseases – provide rapid and cost-efficient production of high-quality genome sequences of human pathogens and related organisms, invertebrate vectors of infectious diseases, human and microbial genotyping and metagenomics analysis.

  • Bioinformatics Resource Centers – collect, integrate and provide open access to research data of microbial organisms and vectors of infectious …

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