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Carbohydrates play critical roles in nearly every aspect of biology, but the complexity of carbohydrate chemistry makes glycan synthesis, sequencing, and study inaccessible to most biomedical researchers. The Glycoscience program aims to create new methodologies and resources in the study of glycans that are accessible to the broader research community. Read more…


Program Highlights

2nd Annual Glycoscience Investigators Meeting

2016 Group Photo

The second Participating Investigators Meeting for the Glycoscience program was held on June 28, 2016, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. The meeting brought together new and existing Glycoscience investigators to discuss project and consortium goals. The meeting also provided an opportunity for new awardees to learn more about the Glycoscience program, the Common Fund, and meet with NIH staff and leadership. View the agenda here.

lab benchNew Tool for Quantitative Detection of O-GlcNAc Modifications on Specific Proteins.


lab benchStrategies for the Facile Production of Natural Glycans to Accelerate their Study and Use



NEW! Glycoscience Program awardees announced. Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi picture Approximately $10.3 million has been awarded to 26 research teams aiming to make carbohydrate chemistry and biology more accessible to the research community. These awards will develop tools to study, synthesize and analyze carbohydrates. Learn more about these awards.

NEW! Funding Opportunities from the Glycoscience Program. The Common Fund Glycoscience Program is soliciting applications to develop accessible and affordable new tools and technologies for studying carbohydrates that will allow biomedical researchers to significantly advance our understanding of the roles of these complex molecules in health and disease. Applications are due November 28, 2016.

Related Funding Opportunities for Glycoscience tools and technology development. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), the National Eye Institute (NEI), and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) have announced SBIR/STTR programs to complement the Common Fund Glycoscience Program. Learn more about these opportunities here: New Technologies for the Glycosciences (R41/42); New Technologies for the Glycosciences (R43/44)

Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi pictureCongratulations to Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi, a Glycoscience grantee recently awarded the National Academy of Sciences 2016 award in Chemical Sciences. The NAS selected Dr. Bertozzi for inventing "a new class of chemical reactions, called bio-orthogonal chemistry, that lets scientists label biomolecules within living cells" and for pioneering "the use bio-orthogonal chemistry in the field of glycobiology". Read more about this award here.

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   Alliance of glycobiologist NCI

Consortium for Functional Glycomics

Programs of Excellence in Glycosciences

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