FDNA Centers of Research Excellence
The Center of Excellence Program brings together the best people and technical resources at selected luminary sites to advance Next Generation Phenotyping with the FDNA technology
- Program description: FDNA’s Centers of Research Excellence program makes resources available to significantly enhance research in Next Generation Phenotyping capabilities with the FDNA technology through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate clinical / diagnostic lab expertise and research.The program promotes the development of new knowledge, enhancements of the research productivity, proof of best practices in the clinic and an expansion of the ethnical diversification of the patient database. Center awards are 6/ 12-month collaboration awards to support staff or technology infrastructure improvements identified by the luminary site (institution) as being critical to its future research in this topic.
A successful FDNA Center of Research Excellence proposes a substantial advance to addressing a critical issue in clinical genetics or gene variant prioritization. It must include an innovative concept or dataset, methods or significantly further the application of the FDNA technology towards clinical or lab use.
- Governance/responsibilities: The Principal Investigator(s) (PIs) named in the collaboration letter of award will ensure that an efficient and effective project management is in place throughout the award period to support all critical or significant project activities consistent with the research goals. The PI will ensure full commitment and cooperation of all project staff and oversight of their activities. FDNA will appoint a research contact to assist the PI in the implementation of the Center activities including project evaluation and assessment.
- Outcomes: FDNA’s Centers of Research Excellence will lay out a specific and substantive outcome that can be identified as having been the result of this award. Such outcome will be stated in the collaboration’s letter of award. Examples include but are not limited to a minimal number of publications, a number of presentations in scientific conferences, a minimal number of submitted cases, etc. When submitting proposals, applicants are asked to include the expected outcomes in detail.
- Evaluation and follow-up: FDNA takes a keen interest in the development of the centers and may request a call or a visit at any time to review the state of collaboration during the award period. This set-up provides an opportunity to give advice or make adjustments if things go awry. In addition, the PI will provide ad-hoc and regular reports with content, format, and submission time line as established in the letter of award.
- Application and assessment criteria: Researchers are invited to submit proposals for new Centers of Excellence to research (at) fdna.com with a short project description, proposed outcomes & budget. The proposals will periodically be assessed by the CoE Review Board and applicants will be informed. There is no limit to the number of times an application can be submitted.
- Award levels: The size of the Center of Excellence’s awards is flexible. The award may cover expenses for salaries, Ph.D. students, travel costs and conferences, operational costs and equipment. Institutional overhead should be included in the budget and will not be higher than 20%. Salaries for permanent staff are generally not funded, while salaries for Ph.D. students, post-doctoral staff, visiting staff, and technical and administrative staff may be included. When submitting proposals, applicants are asked to include a detailed budget estimate.
- Award renewal: There is no automatic renewal of awards. To be considered for renewal, a new application must be submitted and it will be reviewed considering all the requirements and outcomes established in the original award letter.