TCG Will Develop Commercial Solution for Neuroscience Data Sharing
Washington, DC, May 23, 2011: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded TCG a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to develop a cloud-based data sharing system for neuroscience.
The leading provider of grants management systems and advisory services to the Federal government, TCG has helped agencies manage tens of thousands of grants for others. This is the 17-year-old company’s first Federal grant. TCG President Dan Turner crowed: “It’s high time this cobbler made some shoes for his own kids!”
TCG applied for and was awarded this grant in response to NIH’s call for grant applications from small businesses proposing innovative research in biomedical informatics and computational biology to promote the progress of biomedical research.
The grant will build upon the successful Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse (NITRC) project. NITRC is an established and award-winning repository of tools and data for the neuroimaging research community. The NITRC-Image Repository (NITRC-IR) will help researchers to securely and efficiently share very large data sets through a federated data system. NIH requires researchers to share data as part of their grant funding but, to date, no means to make this easy and low-cost for grantees has been available. Through this grant, TCG will seek to develop a commercially viable model for NITRC-IR to support research-organization data storage and sharing needs more fully.
“As grants management experts, we know that NIH receives many excellent proposals,” said Mr. Turner. “We are truly honored that NIH has recognized the merits of our grant application and the importance it holds for neuroscience data sharing.”
TCG is an award-winning small business that specializes in tailored information technology solutions and advisory services with a particular focus on grants management, collaboration platforms, and budget formulation and execution. TCG transforms information technology infrastructures and inconsistent processes to integrated environments built on reusable functionality, consistent business processes, and interoperable infrastructures. The multiple awards that TCG and its clients have received demonstrate the benefits of using best practices such as CMMI, ITIL, and PMBOK to meet complex technology and management needs.
TCG’s company goal is to save the US taxpayer $1 billion by 2016. So far the company has saved the government in excess of $265 million by automating once-costly processes, using time-saving and money-saving processes in developing code, helping the government restructure its business processes, and paying careful attention to the company’s own expenses on contracts.
About NIH and SBIR Grants
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a set-aside program for domestic small business concerns to engage in research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Federal agencies with extramural research and development budgets over $100 million are required to administer SBIR programs using an annual set-aside of 2.5% for small companies to conduct innovative R/R&D that has potential for commercialization and public benefit. Currently, eleven Federal agencies participate in the SBIR program: the Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Agriculture (USDA), Commerce (DOC), Defense (DOD), Education (DoED), Energy (DOE), Homeland Security (DHS), and Transportation (DOT); the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). To date, over $16 billion has been awarded by the SBIR program to various small businesses.
The project described was supported by Award Number R43NS074540 from the National Institute Of Neurological Disorders And Stroke. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute Of Neurological Disorders And Stroke or the National Institutes of Health.
David G. Cassidy