Where can I find instructions and templates for submitting proposals?
Review the list of open calls; click on the call link to see specific details including project types supported, sample/capacity limits, and instructions. Many of the submissions are done using web-based forms. To view the proposal templates, go to the proposal submission page in WIP, login using your JGI account (create one here if you don’t already have an account) and click the “begin” button for the call you are interested in.
All proposals must be written in English.
Who can submit CSP proposals?
The CSP call is open to both domestic and international applicants from any institution type. JGI staff are not eligible to submit proposals, or to be listed as co-PIs or collaborators. JGI’s standard User Agreement must be signed before work can begin, and all CSP proposals are subject to JGI policies on Data Release and Publication. Except for applicants to the CSP New Investigator call, investigators may have existing proposals with the JGI.
What can I request from the CSP program?
The deliverables can range from raw sequence data to well-annotated assembled genomes to synthesized DNA constructs to metabolomics data, depending on the request in the proposal. If you have technical questions, please contact us in advance for advice.
How much will it cost me to sequence or synthesize my target or obtain metabolomics data?
For accepted proposals, sequencing, synthesis, metabolomics and analysis will be paid for by the Department of Energy’s funding of the JGI.
Should I include budget information in my proposal?
No, the proposal is only for sequencing, metabolomics and/or synthesis effort at JGI. There is no cost to the user and no granting of funds.
Where do I go to get sequence data from an approved CSP project?
I am applying for a research grant. I would like to request resources from the JGI to sequence my organism for this research grant. Can I get technical information, deliverables, and perhaps a support letter from the JGI?
Yes. You should indicate this in the proposal so we can select the project provisionally. If your project makes it successfully through the CSP scientific review and is selected, we will provide you with the information you need for the grant.
If I have ongoing research funding to carry out functional studies using the proposed sequencing data, should I mention it in the proposal?
Yes. You should use it to demonstrate that you have the capability to perform the plans described in your proposal.
Will the JGI provide other types of genomic resources such as construction of cDNA libraries, BAC libraries, or genotyping?
While, in general, requests will be for sequencing and its analysis, investigators are encouraged to contact the JGI concerning other genomic resource needs.
Am I allowed to submit NIH-oriented projects to the CSP?
Scientific merit is the major criteria used in evaluating proposals; however, the proposal must demonstrate relevance to DOE missions. USDA, NSF, and NIH operate sequencing programs, and potential users are urged to contact these agencies for projects when appropriate.
I am in a competitive field. I do not want my competitors to know that I am submitting a proposal to the CSP. What degree of confidentiality do I have?
The review process is confidential. Once a project is selected, however, we will post the PIs’ names and the proposal title. All data will be released in accordance with the JGI Data Release Policy.
What are the JGI’s sample material requirements?
Sample requirements for sequencing projects can be found here. The quality of the starting material is one of the greatest predictors of a successful sequencing project.
What format should I use for my CV?
JGI does not require a specific format; many investigators use a format similar to the NIH or NSF biosketches.
Who can I contact about the CSP?
For information about the program or website, please contact us.