Second Call for Proposals for Transnational Access Projects at EASI-Genomics

European Advanced infraStructure for Innovative Genomics

EASI-Genomics is a European Genomics Infrastructure Horizon 2020 project. This novel infrastructure supports researchers in next-generation sequencing and other high-end genomics applications and genomic data analysis. The infrastructure is open to academic researchers, research groups and scientific institutions. Projects from industry, including SMEs can be supported. Throughout four calls for access, EASI-Genomics will provide support to more than 150 projects for a total budget of 6 million € over the next four years. The first call for access awarded 32 projects for a total budget of 1.5 million €. The rules of the European Commission only allow Transnational Access; applicants will not be granted access to a facility that is in their home country.

EASI-Genomics will support integrative projects covering expertise that is not available at the applicants’ home institution sites including high-throughput and cutting-edge sequencing, complex bioinformatic analysis and possibly DNA extraction (e.g. ancient DNA). Of note, EASI-Genomics can also provide support for data analysis for already existing data sets. In this case, applicants should describe available data including sequencing technology used to generate it and the objective of the analysis. Costs of external user projects for consumables, computation and for personnel required at the facilities will be covered by EASI-Genomics.

EASI-Genomics invites external users to apply for access by opening several calls for proposals. Interested users can submit proposals to the 2nd  Call online via the EASI-Genomics website (https://www.easi-genomics.eu/access/calls) until December 01, 2019, 20:00 CET. Applicants are asked to describe the objectives of their research and the desired experimental and computational methods required to achieve these objectives. The objective of the EASI-Genomics Infrastructure is to support projects from study design, through sequence to data analysis. Projects requesting sequencing support that could be provided by a commercial sequencing service provider will be viewed less favorably. Eligible proposals will be evaluated for scientific quality, feasibility, and impact. Proposals will be handled confidentially. EASI-Genomics recommends external users to contact the facilities offering the services of interest in order to discuss the feasibility of the project prior to the submission of the proposal.

Topics of the second call for proposal

  1. Sequencing of ancient DNA. EASI-Genomics offers to sequence ancient DNA at its state-of-the-art equipped facilities. Applicants need to provide a detailed description of the objectives of their project, available sample materials, and explain wet-lab and/or computational procedures required for the execution of the project.
  2. Single-cell genomics. EASI-Genomics will support projects in single-cell analysis, i.e. single-cell DNA- and RNA-sequencing. Techniques such as single-cell-3´tag RNA sequencing, single-cell full-length transcript sequencing, single-cell -ATAC-sequencing, single-cell -DNA methylation sequencing and single-cell RNA sequencing are available. Applicants need to provide a detailed description of the objectives of their project and explain wet-lab and/or computational procedures required for the execution of the project. Applicants need to describe sample material in detail, such as availability, viability, biosafety containment level, storage conditions.
  3. Spatial transcriptomics/in situ sequencing. Applicants need to provide a detailed description of the objectives of their project and explain wet-lab and/or computational procedures required for the execution of the project. Applicants need to describe available sample material in detail.
  4. Identification of epigenetic signatures in human disease. Studies analysing surrogate epigenetic markers (e.g. blood-derived) are advised against. Applicants should instead focus on specific tissue/cell types to decipher epigenetic signatures with mechanistic relevance to disease. Applicants need to provide a detailed description of the objectives of their project and explain wet-lab and/or computational procedures required for the execution of the project. Applicants need to describe available sample material in detail.
  5. Full-length transcript sequencing using long-read sequencing (PacBio).  Applicants need to provide a detailed description of the objectives of their project and explain wet-lab and/or computational procedures required for the execution of the project. Applicants need to describe available sample material in detail.
  6. Long-read sequencing with Oxford Nanopore Technology. Researchers with projects requiring long-read genome sequencing for de novo assembly and annotation, structural variant detection, metagenomics, full-length mRNA sequencing, and cDNA can apply. Procedures available at EASI-Genomics laboratories for these projects are Oxford Nanopore long-read DNA and RNA sequencing in the wet lab and state-of-the-art data analysis support. Applicants need to provide a detailed description of the objectives of their project and explain wet-lab and/or computational procedures required for the execution of the project. Applicants need to describe available sample material in detail.

Timeline:

Call open: 15.10.2019 8:00 CET

Proposal submission deadlines: 01.12.2019 20:00 CET

Notification to applicants: by 01.04.2020

Start of projects: latest 6 months after notification

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Start date:
Oct-15-2019 19:00h
Closing date:
Dec-01-2019 20:00h

Services included

ATAC Seq

Assay for Transposase Accessible Chromatin with high-throughput sequencing

Hi-C Seq

Genome-wide Chromatin Conformation Capture method using proximity ligation

A key mission of EASI-Genomics is to monitor the requirements for genomic analyses in order to tailor the future topics of the EASI-Genomics transnational access calls to the needs of the scientific community.


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