NIH will fund genomic variation research endeavors

By The Science Advisory Board staff writers

September 10, 2021 -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is providing $185 million over five years to the Impact of Genomic Variation on Function (IGVF) Consortium.

The funding was initiated and funded by the NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), which will fund 25 awards across 30 U.S. research sites. Consortium investigators will work to understand how genomic variation alters human genome function and how such variation influences human health and disease.

The goal of IGVF Consortium is to advance understanding of how the human genome functions.
The goal of IGVF Consortium is to advance understanding of how the human genome functions. Image courtesy of Harry Wedel (NHGRI).

The consortium will develop a catalog of the results and approaches used in their studies, the NIH said. Consortium researchers will also develop computational modeling approaches to predict the impact of variants on genome function. All information generated will be made freely available to the research community through a web portal to assist with future research projects.

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