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Centers of Excellence in ELSI Research (CEER)

Centers of Excellence in ELSI Research Overview

The NHGRI ELSI Research Program has funded research grants from investigators in a wide range of disciplines. Many of these projects have used interdisciplinary approaches to investigate ELSI questions. As the pace of genomic and genetic research increases, the development of research teams that have the expertise and flexibility to respond rapidly to the large number of emerging and evolving ELSI issues is critical. All of these factors contribute to a need for new and more innovative approaches, including new organizational structures and funding mechanisms. The creation of research centers with the resources and expertise to design and implement multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary investigations of particularly complex, persistent or rapidly emerging ELSI issues is an important addition to ongoing genetic, genomic and ELSI research efforts.

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Centers of Excellence in ELSI Research Synopsis

A Center should:

  • Develop and operate with a highly effective management strategy.
  • Promote intensive and sustainable interactions among investigators from different disciplines, such as genomic sciences, clinical research, clinical and health policy, ethics, law, the humanities, economics, political science, anthropology and other basic social sciences.
  • Be highly innovative and develop new concepts, methods, analyses, or ways to consider ELSI issues that will substantially advance the state of the art in ELSI.
  • Propose potentially significant advances to address a well-defined critical top area in ELSI research.
  • Propose research that cannot reasonably be addressed by a standard R01 research grant (as the Center's primary research activities continue, additional funding may be sought through the ELSI research project (R01), small research (R03), and exploratory research (R21) grant programs to support other related research).
  • Add value beyond the genomics and ELSI research studies that are already ongoing at the applicant institution.
  • Include a strategy for the timely dissemination of the results of the Center's ongoing activities to key stakeholders (including policy options as appropriate), and
  • Increase the pool of ELSI researchers, by offering innovative, substantive educational and career advancement opportunities across multiple disciplines and across the career pipeline, including integrating the development of new investigators and broadening the mentoring of established investigators - See more at:

A Center should not:

  • Simply continue a research track already being pursued by an institutional or an inter-institutional research team.
  • Serve as the obvious next step in a project or field of inquiry, which could be accomplished by assembling a sizeable research team and budget of a typical R01.
  • Be a collection of individual R01s or a program project, or
  • Provide infrastructure for an existing Program, Division, or Department - See more at

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Centers of Excellence in ELSI Research Request for Applications Archive

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Centers of Excellence in ELSI Research Awarded Grants Information

CEER and links to the center homepages, research focus, faculty and publications are available at: CEER Awarded Grants.

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Centers of Excellence in ELSI Research Program Contact

National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health
5635 Fishers Lane
Suite 4076, MSC 9305
Bethesda, MD 20892-9305

Phone:(301) 402-4997
Fax:(301) 402-1950

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Last Updated: August 14, 2017