The NIAID Bioinformatics Resource Centers (BRCs) have made nine two-year awards in 2012 to establish Driving Biological Projects (DBPs). The DBPs are designed to promote close cooperation between bioinformatics specialists and experimental biologists and to stimulate cooperation on data analysis, visualization and development of new bioinformatics tools.
These projects focus on infectious diseases research related to human pathogens and vectors of infectious diseases. Research includes the use of high-throughput experimental technologies (HTP) to functionally characterize the genome, proteome or metabolome of pathogenic organisms or vectors of pathogens, and/or host-pathogen/vector interactions. This research may help elucidate the role of genes, proteins and metabolites with respect to pathogenesis, antimicrobial resistance or other biological processes of interest. The data and information generated by the DBPs will be made accessible to the broad scientific community and will be used to drive BRC’s infrastructure development to enable other researchers to perform similar analyses at the BRC websites using their own data.
The BRCs solicited proposals for the DBPs through an open competition. All proposals were reviewed by the Scientific Working Group of each BRC who serves as a steering committee of external scientific experts. Recommendations for the awards were made to NIAID based on technical feasibility, scientific merit, innovation, and impact on BRC development.
Last Updated December 17, 2012