Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for National Metabolomics Data Repository (U2C)

Notice Number: NOT-RM-17-018

Key Dates
Release Date: May 12, 2017

Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: July 2017
First Estimated Application Due Date: October 2017
Earliest Estimated Award Date: July 2018
Earliest Estimated Start Date: August 2018

Related Announcements

Issued by
Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund)


The Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund) intends to address challenges in the generation and use of metabolomic data in order to continue to build the national capacity for metabolomics and support the development of resources that catalyze the effective use of metabolomics in basic and translational biomedical research. Common Fund will publish four distinct but integrated Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) that solicit applications for the second phase of the Common Fund Metabolomics Program.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

The FOA is expected to be published in Summer 2017 with an expected application due date in Fall 2017.

This FOA will utilize the U2C activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

The National Metabolomics Data Repository (U2C) addresses the need for a robust National Metabolomics Data Repository to store, and make publicly available, raw and processed metabolomic data generated by large NIH programs, individual research grants, and other biomedical research groups, in a cloud computing environment accessible for searching and reanalysis by the biomedical research community. The Metabolomics Data Repository and Coordination Center (DRCC), created in Phase I of the Common Fund Metabolomics Program, has begun to address this need. In the transition to a National Metabolomics Data Repository, the successful applicant is expected to continue and enhance the current technical capabilities of the DRCC and create a governance structure that engages the wider metabolomics community to guide the repository’s efforts toward continual technical improvement and expansion and policy development for data deposition, access, and accreditation.

This Notice encourages investigators with expertise and insights into in cost effective and user friendly data storage and reuse infrastructure and experience with integration, analysis and re-use of metabolomics data. Experience in developing bioinformatics resources for scientists with limited bioinformatics expertise is highly desirable. Applicants with previous experience engaging with multi-faceted consortia requiring policy development and in promoting data sharing and outreach are strongly encouraged to apply.



Please direct all inquiries to:

Arthur L. Castle, Ph.D.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Telephone: 301-594-7719