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Announcing the AnVIL Cloud Credits Program (AC2)

NHGRI’s Genomic Data Science Analysis, Visualization, and Informatics Lab-space (AnVIL) cloud genomics platform is pleased to announce the AnVIL Cloud Credits Program (AC2).

Through AC2, we invite genomic researchers to submit proposals that use the AnVIL platform for large-scale data analysis with cloud computing credits supported by NHGRI through the NIH STRIDES program.

AnVIL provides access to several large-scale genomics data sets with associated phenotypic data and metadata; it incorporates popular genomic analysis tools and packages; and facilitates sharing of computational workflows and processed data among collaborators.

Scope of Applications

Applicants to AC2 are asked to choose between one of two tracks, Research and Training. The scope of these two tracks is described below.

Research Track

Applications under this track should propose to address a scientific question relevant to NHGRI’s mission.

As a leading authority in the field of genomics, our mission is to accelerate scientific and medical breakthroughs that improve human health. We do this by driving cutting-edge research, developing new technologies, and studying the impact of genomics on society.

This mission will benefit from AnVIL’s cloud computing resources and large-scale genomic datasets available through the AnVIL.

Applicants should utilize the wealth of data already accessible through AnVIL, or they can upload on AnVIL workspaces their own data sets for combined analyses with AnVIL data.

Projects that propose to upload data for cloud storage without planned analyses to address an NHGRI specific research question, or to download AnVIL data for research purposes on local infrastructure are not responsive.

Training Track

A particularly important goal for the AnVIL project is to train a new generation of genomics researchers who are comfortable with cloud computing from an early stage of their careers.

Under the AC2 Training track, we invite investigators whose trainees (undergraduate, master’s degree, doctoral or postdoctoral level) are currently performing genomics analyses in non-cloud environments to apply for funding to support trainee’s analysis projects on the AnVIL cloud platform.

Only applications with a specific focus on trainees’ development of cloud computing skills for genomic analyses should be submitted under the training track.

Program Summary

  • Pilot applications will be accepted between April 15, 2021, and April 30, 2021.
  • Applications for less than $10,000 in Google Cloud credits will be reviewed by the AnVIL Cloud Credits Review Committee (AC2RC); applications exceeding this amount will be triaged and transferred to the NHGRI for additional review.
  • Review considerations will include (but are not limited to):

    • Relevance to NHGRI’s mission;
    • Adequacy of the development plan for trainees;
    • Adequacy of the cloud costs justification;
    • Evidence of the applicant’s ability to use the credits to accomplish the proposed research or training objectives by the credits’ expiration date.
  • Credits will be available May 15, 2021, and must be used by November 15, 2021.
  • Awardees must submit a preliminary report by July 15, 2021, and a final report by December 1, 2021.

AC2 Awardee Responsibilities

Awardee agrees to have the PI, project title, brief project description, and credit award amount displayed publicly on the AnVIL website.

Awardee agrees to be responsible for any cloud costs exceeding the AC2 award.

AC2 funding recipients agree to acknowledge AnVIL in all publications and external presentations that include analyses performed as part of their projects.

Through the AC2 program, NHGRI and AnVIL staff will seek feedback from the awardees about the AnVIL platform as it tries to expand its community of genomics scientists using cloud computing.

Applicants are expected to engage with AnVIL staff and NHGRI program staff to share their experience and pain points using this platform.

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How To Apply

Applications may be submitted using the online application form between April 15, 2021, and April 30, 2021.

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