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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 83 | 7. November 2018
Sequencing Costs in Projects

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) in a second round invites to the submission of scientific projects, in which sequencing will be carried out at the DFG funded competence centres for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) at the Universities Bonn/Köln/Düsseldorf, Dresden, Kiel, and Tübingen. Again, in this call it is planned to fund sequencing costs in scientific projects with a medium sized demand (€100,000 to €1 million).

Prerequisites for applications

Eligibility is subject to the general rules for application in the context of an individual grant. Both, individual projects and applications with several applicants are eligible, for instance, if additional expertise, for example for sample preparation and data analysis, is included. Only projects can be applied for whose sequencing cost requirement is scientifically justified and in the mandatory range as mentioned above (€100,000 to €1 million). Sequencing costs include all funds that are associated with the respective competence centre within the framework of the project (i.e. sample preparation, for example). The application to the DFG requires that a letter of intent is submitted in advance (see dates, deadlines and further information). The DFG will provide feedback to all intended projects with which of the centres the anticipated sequencing costs can be negotiated.


On the one hand, new projects with questions from the life sciences are admitted to the application process. In addition to the usual modules of an individual grant (personnel, consumables and investment funds), the necessary need for sequencing costs must also be specified separately. Further, applications may also be submitted that result from projects that are currently being funded by the DFG or others and for which the need for increased sequencing requirements has arisen during the course of the project. These proposals must also be scientifically rooted and explain the adjustments to the original project plan; however, when applying for funds, they only include the required sequencing costs. Important: in each application, please indicate when the sequencing work is expected to accrue. In order to provide proper capacity planning for the centres, the call in particular aims at projects that require sequencing services to be carried out immediately (i.e. within the first year of funding).

Dates, Deadlines

The submission of a letter of intent is a requirement for a later full application. Declarations of intent must be sent as PDF file to WGI-NGS@dfg.de no later than 15 January 2019 using the form “Declaration of Intent” (DoI_Sequencing_Costs, see below). For your cost estimate, please use current market prices as an orientation. The project content of the later application must be the same as that stated in the letter of intent.

Applications must be submitted to the DFG by 7 May 2019 at the latest. Applications are submitted exclusively via the elan portal for the entry of application-related data and for the secure transmission of documents. Please select under “Proposal Submission – New Project / Draft Proposal – Individual Grants Programme – Proposal for a Research Grant – Start online form (Continue) – Call for Proposals” in the electronic form from the offered list “Sequencing Costs”. The structure of your application must follow the guidelines for application for research grants (DFG form 54.01). The applications must be written in English.

If the application within this call for proposals is your first application to the DFG, please note that you must register in the elan portal before applying. Without registration by 30 April 2019 an application is not possible. Please select in the registration form as well as in the application the above-mentioned call in the list offered. Confirmation of registration usually takes place within the following working day.

The Joint Committee of the DFG is expected to make the final decisions on the submitted project proposals in its meeting in spring 2020. In the case of funding, the applicants receive authorisations for the usual project costs (personnel, material and investment funds), as well as a commitment to sequencing services, which the centres settle directly with the DFG dependent on their requirements.

A third call is planned for 2020. Afterwards, there will be further options for applications.

Further Information

Letters of Intent for sequencing costs applications must be addressed to:

The elan portal of DFG to submit a proposal can be found here:

DFG form 54.01 can be downloaded here:

The form “DoI_Sequencing_Costs_Contact-Person_City” is available here:

Contact at DFG:


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