6. Research involving existing facilities and resources - MRC

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6.4 Data, tools and facilities of Genomics England

The MRC is keen to receive applications for funding from eligible UK researchers seeking to utilise the 100,000 Genomes Project data, tools and facilities. Applications can come through any of our standard response-mode schemes or relevant targeted initiatives. Researchers will need to be members of the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership (GeCIP) to access the dataset and associated tools – please refer to the Genomics England website for further information.

Applications submitted to the MRC will need to provide assurance in a number of key areas:

  1. A letter of support from the host institution (Head of Department or equivalent) confirming that they have completed the GeCIP Participation Agreement, including subscribing to the Genomics England Intellectual Property Policy;
  2. A letter of support from the Principal Investigator that confirms that they are a member of a GeCIP and their research application has been formally approved by the Genomics England Access Review Committee and identifies which Intellectual Property Scenario has been agreed. The MRC is willing to consider an application where these matters are under consideration but the applicant should provide the timing for an expected decision. An MRC award will not be allowed to proceed unless these agreements have been finalised.

As part of the scientific case for support in the application, the applicants will need to confirm that the data available through Genomics England (and elsewhere) is sufficient to fully deliver the scientific objectives, including appropriately powered findings. If the full data is not available at the time of writing the application, then the applicant must confirm when it will be available within the timeframe of work.

Last updated: 17 August 2021

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