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Request for Proposals: UT Genomics Core Mini Grants

The University of Tennessee Genomics Core Facility, managed through UT’s Center for Environmental Biotechnology (CEB), is seeking short proposals for projects that require Next-generation Sequencing (NGS) resources. In collaboration with Illumina, a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of NGS instrumentation and supplies, the CEB provides sequencing services on a NovaSeq6000 platform for researchers that require preliminary data in support of near-term grant applications.

The goal of this mini grant program is to encourage researchers to take advantage of the UT Genomic Core’s capabilities for genomic and translational research and to help facilitate the potential placement of a NovaSeq 6000 on campus. To learn about the capabilities of the Illumina NovaSeq 6000 instrument, please visit the Illumna website.

Who Can Apply?

Applicants who hold primary research positions at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville-area campuses) or Oak Ridge National Laboratory with tenured/non-tenured faculty, staff, or postdoctoral appointments

How to Apply

Please submit an abstract of one page or less ((1” margins, font size 11, PDF or Word format) to

Proposals must clearly state:

  • Research rationale
  • Proposed experimental design (service required, number of samples, read depth)*
  • Projected date of grant application submission and intended federal or private agency to whom the grant will likely be submitted.

*If you need assistance with your experimental design, please contact Veronica Brown at


Proposals must be received on May 11, 2020 before 6 p.m.

Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of UT faculty and staff and will not be viewed by Illumina. Four awardees will be announced on May 19, 2020.