Complex multicellular organs and organisms are dependent upon the roles of carbohydrates for assembly. The use of glycans as biological targets for drug discovery has been hindered by the inability to easily synthesize, sequence and study their biological functions. The complexity of carbohydrate chemistry makes glycoscience inaccessible to most biomedical researchers. The NIH Common Fund Glycoscience Program is focused on creating new methodologies and resources to study glycans, and to develop these resources so they may be more easily understood and accessed by the broader biomedical research community.
The Common Fund Launches New Glycoscience Program
NEW! Read the press release announcing the Glycoscience program and other new Common Fund programs! NIH programs to focus on emerging areas of science
During the 2013-2014 Common Fund strategic planning process, the NIH community identified the need to develop accessible new tools and technologies that will make the study of glycans possible for any biomedical investigator. Glycans participate in multiple fundamental cellular mechanisms that contribute to health and disease, yet they are difficult for many researchers to study. The newly-launched Glycoscience Program will design initiatives to encourage new strategies and high-risk approaches for methods and tool development with the ultimate goal of rapid transition of successful projects to commercialization.
NEW! Glycoscience Funding Opportunities
- Data Integration and Analysis Tools: Accessible Resources for Integration and Analysis of Carbohydrate and Glycoconjugate Structural, Analytical, and Interaction Data in the Context of Comparable Gene, Protein, and Lipid Data (R34) RFA-RM-14-012
- Novel and Innovative Tools to Facilitate Identification, Tracking, Manipulation, and Analysis of Glycans and their Functions (U01) RFA-RM-14-013
- Novel and Innovative Tools to Facilitate Identification, Tracking, Manipulation, and Analysis of Glycans and their Functions (R21) RFA-RM-14-014
- Facile Methods and Technologies for Synthesis of Biomedically Relevant Carbohydrates (U01) RFA-RM-14-015
NEW! Glycoscience Technical Assistance Workshop
The Glycoscience Program will host a technical assistance workshop for potential applicants to the above recently released Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). This workshop is scheduled for Monday, October 20, 2014 from 12-2:30pm and will be online only. Please see NIH NOT-RM-15-002 for further details.
Questions can be submitted ahead of time to Amanda Melillo at email@example.com.