IARPA announces Fun GCAT program proposers day
On May 27, IARPA released information on an upcoming Propoers’ Day conference for the Functional Genomic and Computational Assessment of Threats (Fun GCAT) program (Solicitation Number: IARPA–BAA-16-08).
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host a Proposers’ Day Conference for the Fun GCAT program on 28 June 2016 in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation. The Conference will be held from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The purpose of the conference will be to provide information on Fun GCAT and the research problems the program aims to address, to address questions from potential proposers, and to provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities for teaming opportunities.
The Fun GCAT program intends to develop better approaches and tools for characterization and analysis of biological threats based on gene function. Currently, threats are organized based on genetic relatedness, resulting in static, threat-based lists that fail to emphasize biological functions. In order to better characterize known threats, and improve our capacity to understand the relative risk posed by new and emerging threats, the Fun GCAT program will seek to characterize biological threats from a functional perspective and will seek to develop new and better computational and bioinformatics tools to analyze biological data, predict structure/function relationships, and ascribe a relative risk potential to unknown genes.
Full information is available here.