Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tracking the Evolution of the Stem Cell Genomics Applicants

The plan to create one or two stem cell genomics centers in California at a cost of $40 million began in 2012. Since then there have been some changes, some of which resulted from the failure of reviewers to recommend any proposals in 2013.

Last week, the California Stem Cell Report (CSCR) asked the California stem cell agency(CIRM), which is scheduled to make a decision today on an at least one application, about several of the changes. Here are the texts of the questions and answers from the agency.

CSCR: Has the cast of applicants changed since the initial review in early 2013? Have some dropped out or been added? Have the applications been recast significantly for the most recent review?

CIRM: Applicants to the first round of review were eligible to participate in the second round.  Although review criteria remained the same as those stated in the RFA, applicants were allowed to change proposal components, establish new collaborations and/or combine efforts.  

CSCR: How many letters of intent (LOI) were received with a breakdown on the number from academic and business enterprises?  How many applications were received, also with a breakdown on academic and business?

CIRM: For the first round, there were 9 LOI's; 7 of these submitted applications.  No LOI was required for the second round.  All first round applicants participated in the second round of competition, but several have combined efforts, so there were 5 applications in the second round.  Three of these applications were collaborative proposals combining both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, while the other two were from not-for-profit institutions.

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