Conservation Matters October 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Texas A&M creates Texas-size genomic grant program

Intending to empower the next generation of cutting-edge genomics research, members of The Texas A&M University System have contributed monies to create the largest internally funded genomics research grant program of its kind, officials said.

The funds, totaling $1.26 million, come from Texas A&M University and its College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dwight Look College of Engineering, Division of Research, Whole Systems Genomics Initiative and Texas A&M Health Science Center, along with the A&M System’s Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.

“This is truly an exciting period at Texas A&M. We are bringing together world-class scientists from across the system to explore the very foundations of life and solve some of the greatest challenges facing mankind, from human health to world hunger. This program serves a unique role for our scientists, providing those all-important funds to grow our genomics and bioinformatics research programs,” said A&M System chancellor John Sharp.

“Joint efforts such as this pave the way for basic and applied research discoveries that will benefit all of humankind.”

Grants from the fund will target the generation of preliminary data, building collaborative teams and/or training programs in genomics and bioinformatics, according to Dr. Charles D. Johnson, director of Genomics and Bioinformatics Services for AgriLife Research, and associate director of the A&M System’s Center for Bioinformatics and Genomic Systems Engineering.

The program will include a suite of four subcategories of grants. Each category focuses on a specific funding need: Texas A&M Genomics Seed Grant through the AgriLife Genomics and Bioinformatics Service, Genomics Technology Seed Grant through the Engineering Experiment Station and Look College, Whole Systems Genomics Initiative Catalyst Grant, and Genomics of Plant Water Use Grant.

Details and request for proposals for the individual grant programs and eligibility requirements will be announced in the coming weeks.

Read the full article at AgriLife TODAY for more information.

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