NIH Looking to Fund Pediatric Sequencing Centers

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced new funding opportunities for one or two sequencing centers that can generate genomic and other data from patient samples as part of its Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Program.

The program, launched by President Barack Obama in 2014, is designed to advance research in pediatric cancer and structural birth defects through the creation of the Kids First Data Resource Center – a centralized, cloud-based database and discovery portal of clinical and genetic sequencing data.

The new grant opportunities are a re-issue of grants that were first awarded in 2016, when the NIH awarded three-year grants to the Broad Institute and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology (in collaboration with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital) to produce variant datasets from patient samples submitted by Kids First-affiliated researchers. Both awards are set to expire next year.

The NIH stated that it intends to provide $8 million during the fiscal years 2019 to 2021. Further details can be found here.

Source: GenomeWeb, July 24, 2018.