2014 Call for JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative
Applications for the 2014 Call for JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative are being accepted December 20, 2013 to April 7, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time). Award decisions will be made by July 31, 2014 and approved proposals will be granted access to EMSL resources beginning October 1, 2014.
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The Call for Collaborative Science proposals between EMSL and the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) is open from December 20, 2013 to April 7, 2014 for Letters of Intent. Both user facilities are stewarded by the Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research and play critical roles in supporting DOE's energy, environment and basic research missions. This call represents a unique opportunity for researchers to combine the power of genomics and molecular characterization in one proposed research project.
Applications for the JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative follow a proposal package, schedule, and review process that is tailored to meet both EMSL and JGI requirements. Details regarding the schedule and process for submitting Letters of Intent (LOI) are available on the joint EMSL and JGI guidance for LOI web page, and returning users especially are advised to carefully review the unique elements of this joint program as some of the procedures have changed.
Successful applications will focus on high risk/high payoff projects in the focused topic areas that can be completed in 18 months, utilize a broad range of the capabilities of each facility, and generate datasets unique to these two facilities and beyond what each could generate by itself. An individual application should not request more than 300 Gb of DOE-JGI sequencing, in addition to the EMSL resources necessary for the proposed work. Accepted projects must broadly address DOE/BER missions, but proof of concept for the demonstration of a technology that would be applicable to a DOE mission is appropriate.
Focused Topic Areas
- Biogeochemistry - Projects that enhance our understanding of the relationship between microbial community structure-function and the biogeochemistry of metal contaminants, including radionuclides.
- Carbon Cycling - Projects that elucidate the signaling and metabolic pathways in the rhizosphere and their potential impacts on carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems.
- Biofuels Production - Projects that link metabolism with microbial compartmentalization or organelle development in fungi to enable improved metabolic modeling for production of biofuel and chemical intermediates.
EMSL provides a wide range of unique and state-of-the-art capabilities that can be applied to proposals under this Call, including newer capabilities including in-situ probes for NMR; advanced electron microscopy in EMSL's Quiet Wing space; super resolution fluorescence microscopy for live cells; high-resolution mass spectrometers; a new Radiochemistry Annex; nonlinear optics (sum frequency generation), a 3.4 petaflop supercomputer, NanoSIMS, Atom Probe Tomography, and Imaging XPS. Applications may request any combination of resources, but must provide adequate information to demonstrate the plan for integration and justify the amount requested. Applicants are strongly urged to discuss their resource needs with the respective Capability Leads or Instrument Scientists prior to responding to the Call. Contact information for these individuals is available on the resource description pages, or interested applicants may contact the User Support Office for assistance.
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DOE-JGI primarily employs next-generation short-read sequencing platforms augmented by 3rd generation single-molecule/long-read capabilities (3kb up to 10kb). The capabilities available for this call are listed below. Individual proposals may draw from one or more of these capabilities as needed to fulfill project goals but if longer read sequencing is needed, the burden is on the submitter to justify the request. Successful projects frequently exploit a combination of capabilities:
- Core Capabilities Include:
- De novo sequencing of plant, fungal, bacterial, and archaeal genomes
- Resequencing for variation detection
- Single-cell DNA sequencing
- Microbial community DNA/RNA sequencing
- Comprehensive transcriptome analysis including coding transcript annotation, non-coding RNA (both small and long ncRNA) characterization and expression profiling
- Target enriched re-sequencing
- Whole genome DNA methylation analysis
- Chromatin analysis including FAIRE, and histone modifications through ChIP-seq
- DNA/gene synthesis
- Analysis pipelines for the datasets above
- DOE-JGI also has limited capacity for the following developing capabilities:
- 3rd generation single-molecule sequencing
- Fluorescence activated cell sorting, including single-cell sorting and amplification of genomic DNA
- Transposon mutagenesis of bacteria
- Custom genome analysis of generated datasets
Submitted Letters of Intent (LOIs) will be reviewed by members of both EMSL and JGI scientific staff and management for relevance to DOE mission areas. Submitters whose letters of intent are approved will be notified via email to submit full proposals through EMSL's User Portal by May 27. Proposals will be peer-reviewed and ranked following the published review criteria for EMSL and DOE-JGI, using a combined panel of EMSL and DOE-JGI independent reviewers. Final decisions based on ranking for these proposals will be made by EMSL and DOE-JGI management, and approved projects will start on October 1, 2014.
Questions regarding the JGI-EMSL Collaborative Science Initiative or specifics related to this Call may be directed to the contacts listed below.