Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots
CBIIT, in collaboration with the Center for Cancer Genomics, is coordinating a program to develop three Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots to help meet the research community’s needs to access and analyze high quality, large-scale cancer genomic data and associated clinical information. The goal of this effort is to develop an innovative, cost-effective model for computational analysis of biological data and provide broader yet secure access to genomic data that NCI generates. Cloud computing will be a valuable tool to support studies related to the mechanisms of cancer. This capability will be equally valuable to other NCI scientific areas, including clinical trials and other types of patient-focused research.
The National Cancer Institute has launched the NCIP Hub to help accelerate innovation in the cancer research community. It is an environment for scientific collaboration where researchers can access a variety of resources shared by other cancer researchers. The NCIP Hub is intended to support a community of members with a shared goal of democratizing access to data, tools, and standards across the cancer research community. Content contributions come from community members and can include seminar presentations, publications, training materials, data, tools, and bookmarks to useful sites and information, as well as discussions on them. Join the
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The NCI is accepting applications for Administrative Supplements to support projects that will incorporate the use of one or more of the NCI Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots into their ongoing research activities. The activities and outcomes of projects funded through these supplements will help inform NCI’s future plans for providing a computational infrastructure for genomics data. Applications to this funding announcement must propose the use of one or more of the Cloud Pilots in support of the research objectives of the parent grant. Deadline for proposals: October 18, 2015.
For more information about this funding opportunity, see the full text of the announcement.
NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) is partnering with Sage Bionetworks to launch "Up for a Challenge (U4C)—Stimulating Innovation in Breast Cancer Genetic Epidemiology” to inspire novel cross-disciplinary approaches to more fully decipher the genomic basis of breast cancer. NCI will award up to $50,000 and other prizes based on the identification of novel findings, replication of findings, innovation of approach, evidence of novel biological hypotheses, and collaboration.
The NCI Biomedical Informatics Blog
The NCI Biomedical Informatics Blog provides a forum for the exploration of ideas and knowledge sharing across the NCI and throughout the wider biomedical-informatics and cancer-research community.
Topics recently under discussion include potential NCI Cancer Knowledge Clouds; NCIP support for open, community-driven software development; and intramural collaborations being pursued by NCIP staff. For a more complete description, scroll through the running list of topics contained in the left navigation bar.
Recently published articles authored by NCIP staff and members of the community include the following:
- Gaheen et al., caNanoLab: data sharing to expedite the use of nanotechnology in biomedicine.
- Thomas et al., ISA-TAB-Nano: A Specification for Sharing Nanomaterial Research Data in Spreadsheet-based Format.
- Freimuth et al., Life sciences domain analysis model.
Other publications are available in the Bibliography section of the NCIP website.