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Sequencing Costs in Projects

Mittwoch 21. April 2021 - Mittwoch 25. August 2021

Deadline: 21. April 2021 / 25. August 2021

Under this initiative, now in its fourth round, the DFG invites proposals for projects in which sequencing will be carried out at DFG-funded competence centres for next generation sequencing at the universities of Bonn/Cologne/Düsseldorf, Dresden, Kiel, and Tübingen. As in the past, this call provides funding for projects with anticipated sequencing costs of €100,000 to €1 million.

Applicants must meet the standard eligibility criteria required in the research grants programme. Proposals may be submitted individually or jointly by more than one applicant, for instance, if additional expertise, such as sample preparation and data analysis, is included. Only projects whose sequencing cost requirement is scientifically justified and in the mandatory range as mentioned above (€100,000 to €1 million) may be requested. Projects not reaching the lower threshold are recommended to apply in the regular individual research grants programme.

Sequencing costs include all expenses that will be incurred by the relevant competence centre within the framework of the project (such as sample preparation). The proposal process requires that a declaration of intent be submitted in advance (see dates, deadlines and further information). The DFG will notify all planned projects of which centre to contact with regard to negotiating the anticipated sequencing costs.

All proposals within this call are regular individual research grants. New projects, particularly from the life sciences, are invited to apply. In addition to requesting the standard funding modules for individual grants (e.g. the basic module including funding for staff, direct project costs and instrumentation), the necessary need for sequencing costs must be specified separately. Further, proposals may also be submitted that result from projects that are currently being funded by either the DFG or others and for which the need for increased sequencing requirements has developed during the course of the project. Such proposals must also be scientifically justified, i.e. address a scientific question, and explain the adjustments to the original project plan; however, when applying for funds, they may only include the required sequencing costs. Proposals simply expanding the original project plan, or solely descriptive approaches, will not receive high priority.

The submission of a letter of intent is required in advance of submission of a full proposal. Declarations of intent must be sent as a PDF file to WGI-NGS@dfg.de no later than 21 April 2021.

Proposals must be submitted to the DFG by 25 August 2021 at the latest. Please note that proposals can only be submitted via elan, the DFG’s electronic proposal processing system. If you have not yet registered, please note that you must do so by 18 August 2021 to submit a proposal.

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