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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Funds for data sharing service at the UK MRC

The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) is inviting proposals for a Data Support Service.  (Thanks to Stephane Goldstein.)  From the announcement:

MRC wishes to establish a Data Support Service to underpin wider access & use of biomedical research data. Delivery requirements for the first two years of the Service include:

  • an ‘MRC Data Portal’: intuitive web access to information, tools, guidance on data curation, and population-based research datasets
  • study-specific solutions for enhancing discovery, access and use of MRC data

These early years will not include establishment of a large-scale data archive or repository....

We invite responses from individual organisations or consortia to work in partnership with MRC to deliver the Service. There will be a short-listing process involving a pre-qualification stage before full tender. For full details about the tender requirements and applying for the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) please contact Yvonne Kiamtia....

The closing date for requesting the PQQ is 26th November 2007. Completed PQQs must be received by 17th December 2007.