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Arnold Arboretum Genomics Initiative and Sequencing Award

Submit Application online between November 5 – February 1

As part of its Living Collections Campaign, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has begun to create the first “genomic type collection” of plants in the world. This living collection will be the permanent home for sequenced living specimens of temperate woody taxa, available to all who wish to undertake research on the biology of these plants. The Arboretum envisions this collection to be a central resource for comparative genomics, developmental biology, whole plant physiology, phylogenetics, and plant responses to the environment. In addition to growing germplasm of temperate woody plant taxa that have already been sequenced, the Arboretum will promote the development of additional genomic resources through competitive awards for de novo sequencing of important taxa within the Arboretum’s living collections.

The living collections of temperate woody plants at the Arnold Arboretum, numbering some 15,000 plants representing some 2,100 species, are distinguished as one of the most thoroughly documented in the world. Taxonomic diversity and breadth are noteworthy, and the floras of North America, China, Japan, and Korea are particularly well represented.

Awards of up to $10,000 will be granted to support de novo sequencing, analysis, and data sharing of key members (i.e., accessioned plants) of the living collections. Awards are not intended to serve as a salary stipend. Priority will be given to proposals that utilize the following Core Genera and preferred species, however requests to sequence other accessioned taxa or pairs representing biogeographic disjuncts are encouraged:

Ginkgo biloba
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Carya ovata
Platycarya strobilacea
Hamamelis vernalis
Parrotia persica
Tsuga caroliniana
Syringa reticulata
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Franklinia alatamaha
Kolkwitzia amabilis
Heptacodium miconioides
Magnolia zenii
Liriodendron tulipifera
Liriodendron chinense
Viburnum furcatum
Viburnum lantanoides
Acer griseum
Fagus sylvatica
Davidia involucrata

Sequencing and Data Sharing

It is preferred that library preparation and sequencing will be performed by the Harvard Bauer Core Facility (an internal Harvard Account Code will be provided).

The AA supports the currently accepted community standards (Bermuda and Ft. Lauderdale agreements) for rapid release of quality genome sequences. All data generated with the support of the Arboretum (e.g. de novo sequence data, assemblies, improved assemblies and annotations) are expected to be shared with the research community as they become available; however, the PI can maintain the right to first publication and presentation of the data. The PI can require that the research community agree, as a condition to sharing the data, not to publish any articles containing analyses of genes or genomic data prior to publication of the data by the PI without the consent of the PI (and the AA). At the time of publication by the PI, all data shall be submitted to a NIH-designated data repository ensuring that the data is available for research access without restrictions. Recipients of AA funding shall report information on pre-publication data sharing and on final submission to public databases as part of the reporting requirements for funding.

Application Information

Awards are granted through a competitive review process. Selection of projects will be based on the quality of the proposed research and the relevance of the proposed research to the core collections of the Arnold Arboretum.

To be considered for an award, online applications should include the following:

  • Cover letter.
  • Research statement. The statement should be 2 to 3-pages, describe your research project and specify and justify the Arnold Arboretum taxa chosen for sequencing. It should include how additional funding via this award would further your research. References should be included but do not count as part of the page limit.
  • Data sharing plan. Applicants should submit a simple, 1-page data sharing plan associated with the proposed project.
  • Research budget. Applicants should submit a simple, 1-page budget that itemizes the research costs associated with the proposed project.
  • Project time-line. Applicants should submit a time-line of the project and anticipated start and end dates.
  • Curriculum vitae.

Additional Information

For questions about the award, Arboretum resources, research proposal or submission process, contact the selection committee (Email).

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