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History of the Cloud Pilots

 

2013 April 7th Dr. Harold Varmus and other members of the Institute's senior leadership issued a letter to NCI grantees seeking input on these and other computational challenges they encounter on an almost daily basis.
  June 24th Dr. George Komatsoulis, then interim director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT), which administers the National Cancer Informatics Program (NCIP), led the creation of a concept document describing a project to develop up to three cancer genomics cloud pilots for review by the cancer-research community.
  July 24th   The deadline for submission of capability statements in response to the Research and Development Sources Sought Notice issued by the NCI.
  August 8th Simultaneously with beginning the procurement process, the NCIP established an IdeaScale site to allow the community to contribute critical use cases that the cloud pilots will need to support.
  November 25th   In preparation for the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), the NCI posted a pre-solicitation notice on November 25, 2013, on FedBizOpps that announced the online pre-proposal conference.
2014 January 17th   NCI began accepting proposals for Cancer Genomic Clouds. The contact awarded three organizations to develop a three-phase pilot program to design and test the feasibility of cancer genomic cloud. The organizations selected to develop the clouds would be expected to collaborate with each other and with the groups managing the NCI Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG) Data Coordinating Center.
  October 10th

NCI Cloud awardees announced. NCI awarded to Broad Institute, Seven Bridges Genomics, and Institute for Systems Biology. The three pilots would collaborate with each other and with the groups managing the NCI Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG) Data Coordinating Center.
2015 Starting January   NCI Cloud pilots design and develop individual platforms based on input received from the research community.
  November 15th Institute for Systems Biology and Seven Bridges Genomics open early access to their platforms.
2016 Starting January   Cloud pilots will open registration for researchers to access and evaluate their unique platforms.