US researchers are in the midst of dramatic developments in genome sequencing capabilities, driven by the availability of high throughput, low cost next-generation gene sequencers. To help address the scientific challenges of understanding this new wealth of gene sequence information, the National Science Foundation (NSF) established NCGAS in 2011 with a $1.5M ABI grant.
A three-year sustaining award from the NSF will allow the center to develop and deliver services that meet a national need for support of genome analyses. This includes consulting services, software enhancements, and computation for the national community of researchers. The center currently supports hundreds of US scientists working on more than 40 long-term research projects.