Genomic Data Analysis Network: Specialized Genomic Data Center (U24)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is a part of cancer genomics programs supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and managed by its Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG). The overall goal of all CCG programs is to help elucidate the mechanisms of cancer initiation and evolution, as well as resistance to therapy by means of genomic characterization of well-annotated, high quality tumor samples. The acquired knowledge could facilitate and accelerate the development of new diagnostic and prognostic markers, new targets for pharmaceutical interventions, and new cancer prevention and treatment strategies. 

This FOA solicits applications for a Specialized Genomic Data Center that will be a part of the Genomic Data Analysis Network. The network will also include other types of Genome Data Analysis Centers (GDACs) to be supported under companion FOAs, RFA-CA-15-018 and RFA-CA-15-019).

The collective goal for all types of GDACs is to enable the cancer research community to develop tools and strategies to analyze the data generated from large-scale genomics projects and support the scientific community at-large in their investigation of the results.

The GDACs to be supported under this FOA will be expected to focus on the intensive analysis of discrete sets of genomic platforms (core competencies) to facilitate  the integration and analysis of data generated by the GCCs and other project participants, deployment  of innovative bioinformatic and computational tools and the implementation of advanced bioinformatic analyses including, but not limited to: systems biology approaches to discovery, pathway analysis models, integrative data analysis methods with accompanying visualization tools to identify complex genomic changes, and integrated cancer biology and translational discovery models that will increase our understanding of cancer as a disease process. 


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): 30 days prior to application due date
  • Application Due Date(s): January 27, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. 

RFA-CA-15-020 Expiration Date January 28, 2016

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Eligibility Requirements

GDAC applicants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the multiple PDs/PIs option.  For example, the proposed GDACs may include one PD/PI with primary expertise in bioinformatics and another PD/PI with primary experience in cancer biology or clinical oncology. 

There is no limit on the number of applications a single institution can provide to this FOA or its companions (RFA-CA-15-018 & RFA-CA-15-020), as long the PD/PI of record in each application is a different person. No PD/PI can apply to more than one GDAC type.



Amount Description

Application budgets are limited to $330,000 direct costs per year.

GDAC applicants should propose project periods of five years. Longer project periods are not permissible.  

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

January 27, 2016