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Discovery Frontiers Call for Proposals: Advancing Big Data Science in Genomics Research - Information Session

When Apr 08, 2013
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
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Discovery Frontiers Call for Proposals: Advancing Big Data Science in Genomics Research

 

Information Session

 

English: April 8, 2013 1:00pm to 2:00pm

French: April 9, 2013 1:00pm to 2:00pm

 

 

In partnership with Genome Canada, CIHR and the CFI, NSERC will be hosting two information sessions addressing the recent Discovery Frontiers Call for Proposals: Advancing Big Data Science in Genomics Research.

 

Massive amounts of data are being generated by genomics research across all life science sectors. The lack of efficient tools and methodologies available to effectively mine, rapidly access and efficiently analyse vast quantities of genomic information and integrate it with other data sets is a major challenge for the research community. To address this global research challenge, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Genome Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will partner on this 2013 Discovery Frontiers call for proposals, which will focus on advancing big data science in genomics research. This initiative will support the development of tools and methodologies to integrate currently available complex data sets in the fields of ‘omics sciences (e.g., genomics, proteomics, metabolomics)  with each other, as well as with phenotypic data and data from other related fields of biological sciences.

 

The initiative will develop tools and methodologies for integrating various types of ‘omics data with: 1) each other; 2) phenotypic data collected from different organisms of study; or 3) data sets originating from diverse scientific disciplines/fields, including but not limited to imaging, ontology/semantics, biophysics, environmental science and evolution.

 

As appropriate for the proposed research, this initiative will bring together experts from a wide range of disciplines, including computer science, engineering, mathematics, machine learning, statistics, genomics and the relevant scientific disciplines being studied. Together, they will focus on exploring and developing diverse computational and mathematical approaches and techniques, including, but not limited to, creating new algorithms, information systems, Web technologies, artificial intelligence, software engineering, data mining, image processing, modeling and simulation. Approaches used will emphasize bold initiatives and interdisciplinary thinking, with potential for major breakthroughs and impact across a range of scientific disciplines. Clear linkages to the international community must be demonstrated through, for example, the participation of international scientists in the initiative, in international collaborations or in relevant international initiatives.

 

Information Session:

 

Session in English:

Meeting Name:  Discovery Frontiers 2013 Information Session

When:  04/08/2013 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST (US & Canada) / UTC-0500)

 

To join the meeting:

http://cfi.adobeconnect.com/df2013/  

 

·         Enter as a guest and please enter your name or the name of your university

·         Click “Enter Room”

 

Session in French:

Meeting Name:  Discovery Frontiers 2013 Information Session

When:  04/09/2013 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST (US & Canada) / UTC-0500)

 

To join the meeting:

http://cfi.adobeconnect.com/fd2013/

 

·         Enter as a guest and please enter your name or the name of your university

·         Click “Enter Room”

 

If you would like to test your connection:

http://cfi.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

 

If you would like to join via teleconference a hands-free phone would be ideal. To join the teleconference you will need to:

 

·         Toll free Dial-in: 1-877-413-4791

·         Enter the Conference ID: 1624637

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

 

Kristina Archibald

Program Officer | Administratrice de programmes

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada | Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada

Kristina.Archibald@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

Telephone | Téléphone | 613-947-5636

 

 

If you plan to apply:

There is a two-stage application process: the Letter of Intent (LOI) stage and the full application stage.

 

LOIs must be submitted to NSERC by May 1, 2013. Only LOIs selected by a multidisciplinary international committee will be invited to submit a full application in November 2013.

 

The review process at the LOI stage is intended to select those proposals that best fit the program objectives and best address the LOI review criteria with an emphasis on the merit of the proposal. The review criteria are as follows:

 

·         merit of the research proposal;

·         excellence of the applicants and complementarity of expertise;

·         potential for value-added training of highly qualified personnel.

 

Applicants invited to submit a full application will be eligible to receive a proposal development grant of up to $25,000.

 

If you plan to submit a LOI, please notify Sherisse Webb, Assistant Director, Development, at webbsh@mcmaster.ca, or extension 26946, as soon as possible.

 

 

More Information:

Additional information about the Discovery Frontiers Call for Proposals can be found on NSERC’s website at http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/Grants-Subs/FrontiersCall-AppelFrontiers_eng.asp.