ENCODE to receive additional four years of funding

February 24, 2017

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to expand its Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) Project, which is generating a fundamental genomics resource used by many scientists to study human health and disease. Funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of NIH, the ENCODE Project strives to catalog all the genes and regulatory elements - the parts of the genome that control whether genes are active or not - in humans and select model organisms. With four years of additional support, NHGRI builds on a long-standing commitment to developing freely available genomics resources for use by the scientific community.

Pending the availability of funds, NHGRI plans to commit up to $31.5 million for these awards in the current fiscal year. With this funding, ENCODE will expand the scope of these efforts to include characterization centers, which will study the biological role that candidate functional elements may play, and develop methods to determine how they contribute to gene regulation in a variety of cell types and model systems.

"ENCODE has created high-quality and easily accessible sets of data, tools and analyses that are being used extensively in studies to interpret genome sequences and to understand the consequence of genomic variation," said Elise Feingold, Ph.D., a program director in the Division of Genome Sciences at NHGRI.

With its data made accessible through the IHEC Data Portal, and its close integration with other IHEC research projects, ENCODE has significantly contributed to IHEC’s overall mission to provide free access to high-resolution reference human epigenome maps for normal and disease cell types.

Read the full press release on the second phase of ENCODE funding issued by NHGRI here.