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Governance and Funding

Program Support and Oversight

The NIMH Repository and Genomics Resource is supported by cooperative agreement U24 MH068457 from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). A cooperative agreement is a NIH funding mechanism used to support projects that require substantial NIH staff involvement. The U24 mechanism is specifically used to support research projects contributing to improvement of the capability of resources to serve biomedical research. Under the cooperative agreement, the NIH purpose is to support and stimulate the recipients' activities by involvement in and otherwise working jointly with the award recipients in a partnership role; it is not to assume direction, prime responsibility, or a dominant role in the activities. Consistent with this concept, the dominant role and prime responsibility resides with the awardees for the project as a whole, although specific tasks and activities may be shared among the awardees and the NIH.

Drs. Jay Tischfield and Linda Brzustowicz, the Principal Investigators at Rutgers University, work closely with the NIMH Project Scientists Drs. Tara Dutka and David Panchision and the NIMH Program Officer Dr. Geetha Senthil to achieve the mission of the NIMH Repository and Genomics Resource. The work of the Repository is further guided by scientists not affiliated with the Repository who serve on either the Genomics Steering Committee, which provides operational advice and feedback on ongoing research designs, progress, and priorities, or the Genetics Advisory Panel, which provides strategic advice on new initiatives and scientific goals.