Call for applications: Genomics Centers for Infectious Diseases (GCID)

Dr. Marco Salemi, professor and Emerging Pathogens Institute Associate Director of Research Initiatives, is leading a UF-wide effort to submit a competitive application to NIH RFA-AI-23-015 – Genomics Centers for Infectious Diseases (GCID). 

The majority of the GCID will be focused on a Genomic Data Science/AI framework for tracking, diagnosing, preventing, and treating microbial infections. 

UF GCID will include an Administrative Core that will be co-led by Drs. Salemi, Drusano, and Prosperi (MPIs), a Data and Technology Core (led by Drs. Bian, Rife Magalis MPI) and a Data Intelligence Core (led by Drs. Marini, Yin MPI). 

The GCID must be submitted with four individual R01-like projects, which will interact with the main cores as well as together. This is a call for project proposals from UF researchers. Please find attached the RFA document and a slide deck with summaries of the planned GCID overarching goals and structure. 

Projects should be on a virus (not HIV), bacterial, fungal, or parasitic pathogen. Interdisciplinary projects with MPI from different backgrounds are highly encouraged. 

The expected budget per project is $400K-$600K direct cost per year, for five years. No budget is required at this time.

A project proposal should not exceed one page and include:

  1. Name(s) and affiliation(s) of the PI(s). MPI proposals with clear interdisciplinary focus will be given priority.
  2. A short abstract describing the proposed project (300 words max)
  3. Proposed specific aims.
  4. List of (potential) personnel with estimated effort (either providing, name, affiliation , email, or TBN).

If you are interested to contribute with a project, please send a NIH-styled Specific Aims page to EPI Grants Manager Nicole Darrow by Apr 6 2023 5 p.m. 

Dr. Salemi will select project proposals based on overall fit and upon discussion with the main core MPI team. A response will be provided by April 10, 2023 at 5 p.m.