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The NCI is offering $20M to projects that move cancer genomics into the cloud

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) faces a growing data problem. As the scale of its projects grows–one initiative is expected to generate 2.5 petabytes of data–downloading results for analysis on local systems becomes impractical. Recognizing this, the NCI has allocated $20 million for cloud-based genomics pilot projects.

Having spent last year gathering feedback on what users want from cloud-based cancer genomics, the NCI is now seeking organizations that can realize its ambitions. The plan is to sponsor development of multiple pilot projects that will undergo a competitive evaluation. After consulting with cancer researchers, the NCI will select one or more of the projects–or an evolution of them–as the production version. Ultimately, the project will feed into a Cancer Knowledge Commons that aggregates all data.