Although the potential for genomics to contribute to clinical care has long been anticipated, the pace of incorporating genomic findings into medical practice has been relatively slow since NIH has be able to support only a limited number of programs.
However, NIH has just announced funding for about $3,000,000 with 3 to 4 awards to support collaborative genomic medicine pilot demonstration projects. NIH’s Funding Opportunity Announcement (RFA-HG-13-004) will support projects that will adapt ongoing successful genomic projects or initiate new projects to expand the implementation of genomic medicine.
The demonstration projects will incorporate the patient’s genomic information into their EMR and provide clinical decision support for appropriate interventions or to give clinical advice.
Specific goals are to expand and link existing genomic medicine efforts, develop new collaborative projects and methods in diverse settings and populations, contribute to the evidence base regarding outcomes when incorporating genomic information into clinical care, and share the information with others.
NHGRI expects the project datasets and associated genotyping data from the participating projects to be widely shared with the scientific community for research. Information such as study protocols, descriptions, CDS, bioinformatic tools, and publications are expected to be made available through an open access sections of a database such as dbGaP, other public web sites, and/or published in the scientific literature.
Organizations eligible to apply for funding include higher education institutions, nonprofits, for-profits, and governments. The deadline for the application is July 17, 2013 with the earliest start date anticipated to be April 1, 2014.
Go to http://gratns.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-13-004.html for more information.