Background: For the past years, the members of International Grape Genome Program have committed efforts to drive the grape community towards an international but federate endeavor to coordinate research initiatives toward the same goal: an imperative need for improving Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability (FAIR) of large data sets at any layer of biological information. Recent publications in BMC Plant Biology(Grimplet et al., 2014) and more recently in Nature Horticulture Research (Adam-Blondon et al., 2016) are relevant examples of this commitment. In the light of the recently funded European COST action 17111 the steering committee of the International Grape Genome Program proposes to contribute to the development of international Working Groups (WG) in partnership with the awarded action. These WGs will serve as building blocks to construct a coordinated federation of information systems holding grapevine metadata information distributed around the world. Proposals emphasizing on, but not limited to, the development of integrated toolkit such as the next generation of data mining and integration tools (sequencing, mass spectral data, phenotyping, network analysis, genetic resources, new breeding techniques), rich and common semantic integration software for appropriate standards for data annotation and formatting, and bioinformatics structures and web services, are strongly encouraged. The development of these groups must be seen as the next step of the IGGP’s commitment to coordinate international research efforts. This initiative is considered a major critical driving force of the future work of the IGGP to move forward in the development of an open system of scientific information. It will also enhance innovative international collaborations between researchers, industrial partners and government entities that increasingly seek more substantial transnational funding programs.
Timeline: Proposals must be submitted to and laurent.deluc[at]oregonstate.edu and anne-francoise.adam-blondon[at]inra.fr. The deadline for submission of proposals is September 1st, 2018. The IGGP steering committee will inform the coordinator of each WG for final recommendation by mid-October, 2018.
Format of the Proposal: A short description of the WG will be submitted to the IGGP steering committee that will review it for consistency with the IGGP objectives. To be fully considered, the proposal must contain:
- A title describing the topic that the WG will be in charge of
- The name of the coordinator (Principal Investigator [PI]) and the participants (Co-PIs) of the WG at this stage, with their email addresses. The composition of the WG may evolve and become more inclusive over time. However, it is recommended to inform the IGGP of any change.
- A concise explanation of the listed objectives of the WG
Proposal evaluation: The proposal will be evaluated on both intellectual merit and broader impact. The IGGP committee will inform the WG about the acceptance of the proposals within one month after the deadline, with opportunities to revise and resubmit once.
If accepted, the members of the WG will be asked to generate a brief report every year (1 page) to the IGGP steering committee, which will facilitate a broader communication within the scientific community. These reports should emphasize the current priorities of the WG, activities, outcomes, and challenges faced by the WG. The steering committee will provide support, aligned with its capacity, to coordinate interactions between WGs through a virtual space for common topics and outputs. Renewal of the WG by the IGGP will be given with recommendations, if necessary. Failure of the WG to demonstrate progress in their research objectives may lead to discontinuation of the WG by the IGGP, subject to a majority vote. A WG can also decide on its discontinuation by itself, and should notify the IGGP in an appropriate time period.