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NIH encourages applications to construct a reference sequence data set for the human microbiome.

This program announcement is an NIH Roadmap Initiative. The NIH Roadmap is an innovative approach to accelerate fundamental discovery and translate that knowledge into effective prevention strategies and new treatments. All NIH institutes and centers participate in Roadmap Initiatives.

The complex and dynamic communities of microbes (the human microbiota) that are present on and within the human body are thought to profoundly influence physiology, nutrition, immunity, and development.  The human microbiota is an untapped area of knowledge that may be vital for preventing and treating diseases.  The purpose of this announcement is to support projects for continued large-scale, state-of-the-art production of genomic sequence to generate sequenced, assembled, and annotated microbial genomes isolated from the human body, and to explore the complexity of the human microbiome through metagenomic sequencing of the microbial flora at a set of designated body sites.

Letters of Intent Receipt Date:  April 22, 2008

Application Receipt Date:  May 22, 2008

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Jane Peterson, Division of Extramural Research, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI); telephone:  301-496-7531; email:  jane_peterson@nih.gov; or Dr. Maria Giovanni, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); telephone:  301-496-1884; email:  mgiovanni@niaid.nih.gov.  For a more detailed description of this announcement, visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-08-001.html.  For more information on the NIH Roadmap, visit http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/.

Human Microbiome Demonstration Projects

NIH encourages applications for human microbiome demonstration projects.

This program announcement is an NIH Roadmap Initiative. The NIH Roadmap is an innovative approach to accelerate fundamental discovery and translate that knowledge into effective prevention strategies and new treatments. All NIH institutes and centers participate in Roadmap Initiatives.

The NIH human microbiome project is a component of the NIH Roadmap program.  The goal of the project is to extensively characterize the human microbiome and create a technological and data research resource that will enable in-depth study of its variation in relation to any of a number of relevant variables (e.g., genotype, disease, age, nutrition, medication, and environment) and its influence on health and disease.  The purpose of this announcement is to solicit applications to examine—through the use of molecular techniques—the relationship between an individual’s microbiome and health and disease.

Letters of Intent Receipt Date:  April 22, 2008

Application Receipt Date:  May 22, 2008

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Jane Peterson, Division of Extramural Research, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI); telephone:  301-496-7531; email:  hmprfainformation@mail.nih.gov.  For a more detailed description of this announcement, visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-08-012.html.  For more information on the NIH Roadmap, visit http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/.