The technological advancements within genomics have been overwhelming in recent years. New discoveries are constantly being made and Swedish research is in a unique position to contribute to the understanding of disease and our environment.
With support from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation SciLifeLab has launched a national project initiative that serves to support and advance large-scale genomic research in Sweden. The initiative aims to propel new initiatives in the life science sector with a focus on whole genome sequencing and biodiversity.
To achieve this, SciLifeLab invites researchers across Sweden to apply for funding to conduct sequencing projects. The applications are reviewed by an international panel of experts and the projects are granted funding by the national board of SciLifeLab.
The projects are carried out at the National Genomics Infrastructure (NGI) hosted at SciLifeLab. NGI provides support and access to the latest technologies for massively parallel DNA sequencing as well as standardized analysis pipelines. In addition to NGI, the National Bioinformatics Infrastructure Sweden, Next-Generation Diagnostics and the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing are also engaged to support the projects and the community to take advantage of the new opportunities.
The national project initiative is divided into two programs:
SciLifeLab accepts applications to the programs through open calls for proposals and the first and second call have now been completed.
- Press release, 2014, call for proposals: Announcement of National Sequencing projects that will receive SciLifeLab funding.
- Press release, 2015, call for proposals (Swedish): Tjugo spännande projekt går på djupet med arvsmassan
- Press release, 2016, “The first map of genetic variation in Sweden”
- Biodiversity sequencing possibilities
- Call for proposals 2014 – This call is now closed
- Call for proposals 2015 – This call is now closed
The national projects initiative has been made possible through support from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.