University of California San Francisco (UCSF), UC Davis, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have formed a Tri-Institutional Partnership in Microbiome Research (TrIP Microbiome) to catalyze and fund novel, bold, and potentially transformative collaborative microbiome research projects. A unique aspect of the partnership is its data-driven focus and data infrastructure, brought through the participation of the Berkeley Lab-led National Microbiome Data Collaborative (NMDC). The NMDC is working with TrIP Microbiome researchers to catalyze experimental co-design between biologists and computational scientists, adoption of data management best practices, and open science to enable cross-study comparison and machine learning.
In February, the NMDC hosted over 85 attendees from the three institutions to announce the $1 million seed grant program and encourage cross-institutional team formation. As a result, 15 team proposals were submitted for review and in May, the TrIP leadership committee awarded 5 teams with funding.
Read more about the awarded teams and their proposed work in the Berkeley Lab News Center.