Call for projects - The CNAG is offering a unique opportunity to carry out Whole Exome Sequencing and Bioinformatic Analysis for disease gene identification in rare disorders

The Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG) is a genomic research platform with the mission to carry out large scale projects in DNA sequencing and analysis in collaboration with researchers from Catalonia, Spain and from the international research community in order to ensure the competiveness of our country in the strategic area of genomics.


The CNAG is offering a unique opportunity to carry out Whole Exome Sequencing and Bioinformatic Analysis for disease gene identification in rare disorders using Whole Exome Capture and Illumina HiSeq 2000/2500 sequencing (WES). The program will provide free-of-charge Whole Exome Sequencing and Bioinformatic analysis to 20-30 selected projects (indicative 5-30 samples per project).


The goal of this program is to promote the utilization of cutting-edge next-generation sequencing technology for the identification of genes involved in rare disorders with a clear genetic basis and to provide support for the Spanish research community. The results will be published as a collaborative effort between the applicant’s group and the supporting investigators.


1. Researchers working at Spanish universities, public research institutes and hospitals.
2. Applicants must hold a PhD or MD degree and a work contract with the host institution at the time of application.
3. Applicants must have their own research lines and experience in leading research groups.
4. Applicants MUST NOT hold awards directly related to Whole Exome Sequencing in the proposed group of disorders.


Review Process
A selection committee comprised of CNAG and CIBERER members, as well as external referees, will review the proposals and select the award recipients within 4 weeks of submission deadline. The selection results will be communicated by mail to the principal investigator. The title of the selected projects and name of their principal investigator will be published on the website of the CNAG.
Projects will be chosen based on scientific quality and on the chances of success of the exome sequencing approach based on sample availability, pedigree structure, clinical phenotype, availability of additional information, etc.


DNA samples
All samples must have been obtained with the corresponding approval of the Bioethics Committee and signed "informed consent" from each donor, both for collection and for their use, including conservation and manipulation/sequencing by entities such as CNAG, and controlled access distribution in the databases mentioned below. Samples should be anonymized and preferably linked to diagnostic categories and Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) terms.A minimum of 6 ug of high quality DNA at around 200ng/ul is required for Whole Exome Sequencing. DNA samples that fulfill the quality requirements MUST BE AVAILABLE at time of project submission. All samples from one study will be processed as a single batch.


Exome Sequencing results will be deposited at the European Genome-to-phenome Archive (EGA), as well as in the CNAG internal database. Inclusion to additional databases such as RD-Connect will also be encouraged.


Acknowledgement Policy
The CNAG support and collaboration must at least be recognized in the acknowledgments section of any resulting publication.