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Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 68 | 24. Oktober 2019
Sequencing Costs in Projects

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) in a third 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 scientific projects with a medium sized demand (€100,000 to €1 million) of sequencing costs.

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 declaration 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.

Application

All applications within this call are regular individual research grants. 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, direct project costs 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 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 rooted, 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.

Important: in each application, please indicate when the sequencing work is expected to accrue. In addition, please include information on how the necessary bioinformatics will be handled. When applicable, please describe the necessary statistical details with respect to sample numbers. 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 Link auf E-MailWGI-NGS@dfg.de no later than 14 January 2020 using the form “Declaration of Intent” (DoI_Sequencing_Costs, see below). Please use the following file name structure when sending in the form: DoI_Sequencing_Costs_[LastNameContactPerson]_[FirstNameContactPerson]_[City]. At this stage, no consultation with one of the sequencing centres is required. 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.

You will receive information from DFG which of the sequencing centres is to be contacted for negotiating your experimental details. Please include the respective “Counselling Report” of the centre in your application documents.

Applications must be submitted to the DFG by 9 June 2020 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 (2020)” [“Antragstellung – Neues Projekt / Antragsskizze – Einzelförderung – Antrag auf eine Sachbeihilfe – Online-Formular starten (Weiter) – Ausschreibung]. The structure of your application must follow the guidelines for the application for research grants (DFG form 54.01). The applications must be written in English. When uploading your details, please provide the sum for sequencing costs (according to the “Counselling Report”) under the module “Services” [“Serviceleistungen”]. In addition, please include the respective amount in your application document (DFG Form 53.01 elan) under section 4.1.2.5 Other Costs.

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 29 May 2020 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 2021. In the case of funding, the applicants receive authorisations for the usual project costs (personnel, direct project costs and investment funds), as well as a commitment to sequencing services, which the centres settle directly with the DFG dependent on their requirements.

Further options for applications are planned afterwards.

Further Information

Declarations 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” is available here:

Contact at DFG:

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