DOE Genomics Timeline
This page outlines progress, announcements, and pivotal documents in the growth
of the DOE Genomic Science program as well as predecessor DOE genome programs
including the Human Genome Project.
- June: Bioenergy Research Centers Key Advances Update: 2014-2016 Overview and PDF
- March 6–9: Genomic Science Contractor-Grantee Meeting XIV held. Abstract Book (PDF) provided by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).
- September: Biosystems Design to Enable Next-Generation Biofuels. Initial funding announce. Summary of projects awarded in 2012 under DE-FOA 0000640.
- September: DOE Joint Genome Institute Strategic Planning for the Genomic Sciences Workshop Report published.
- July: USDA and DOE Fund Nine New Projects in 2012 for Biomass Genomics Research. See website and press release.
- May: DOE Joint Genome Institute Strategic Planning for the Genomic Sciences workshop held. (See report published in September 2012.)
- May: KBase website launches Alpha Release with draft tutorials, database loads, unified prototypes, workflow drafts, cloud and cluster services.
- April: Biosystems Design: Report from the July 2011 Workshop published.
- February 26-29: 2012 Genomic Science Awardee Meeting X held in Bethesda, MD. (Abstracts)
- February: Applications of New DOE User Facilities in Biology Workshop Report published.
- August: DOE and USDA Fund Ten New Projects for Biomass Genomics Research. See website and press release.
- July: DOE announced the selection of a collaboration of top scientists from across the Nation to lead development of a computer-based Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase). Leading the collaboration will be principal investigator Adam Arkin of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), with co-principal investigators Rick Stevens of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Robert Cottingham of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and Sergei Maslov of Brookhaven National Laboratory.
- May 9-11: Applications of New DOE National User Facilities in Biology Workshop. (See Report)
- April 10-13: 2011 Genomic Science Awardee Meeting IX and USDA-DOE Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy Awardee Meeting. (Abstracts)
- December: The Biological and Enviromental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC) publishes Grand Challenges for Biological and Environmental Research: A Long-Term Vision.
- November: Overview of Projects and Activities Underpinning Development of the DOE Systems Biology Knowledgebase. (PDF)
- October: Biological Systems Research on the Role of Microbial Communities in Carbon Cycling. Summary of projects awarded in summer 2010. (PDF)
- September: DOE Systems Biology Knowledgebase Implementation Plan published.
- September: With funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a year-long R&D project was carried out to support the conceptual design and implementation planning necessary to develop the DOE Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase), including community planning workshops and pilot projects.
- September: Departments of Energy and Agriculture jointly selected 9 projects for awards
totaling $9 million for biobased-fuel research. [Sept 2, 2010]
List of Awardees
- July: U.S. DOE Bioenergy Research Centers: An Overview of the Science (2010 edition) published. (PDF)
- February 7-10: Genomic Science 2010 Awardee Workshop VIII and USDA-DOE
Knowledgebase Workshop. (Abstracts)
- October: New Frontiers in Characterizing Biological Systems. A Report from the May 2009 U.S. DOE Office of Science Workshop published.
- October: DOE JGI, others propose a new set of standards to build on Bermuda
Standard. A group of researchers from several sequencing centers,
including the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), the Sanger Institute and
the Human Microbiome Project (HMP) Jumpstart Consortium sequencing institutes,
has proposed a new set of standards that expand upon the so-called Bermuda
standard. In the October 9 issue of the journal Science, they propose four
additional categories between draft and finished status that reflect
varying levels of completeness. Press
release and Science.
- September: Genomics:GTL now called the Genomic Science Program.
- July: USDA and DOE jointly selected 7 projects for
awards totaling $6.3 million for biobased-fuel research. See press
release and list
of awardees. [July 22, 2009]
- March: GTL Systems Biology Knowledgebase for a
New Era in Biology report from May 2008 workshop published.
- February: Genomics:GTL Strategic Plan (September
- February 8-11: Genomics:GTL Awardee Workshop VII and USDA-DOE
Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy Awardee Workshop 2009, Bethesda,
- December: Carbon Cycling and Biosequestration: Integrating
Biology and Climate Through Systems Science Report from the BER-hosted
Carbon Cycling and Biosequestration Workshop, March 2008, released. This
report outlines the workshop's findings and highlights key opportunities
for research on biological aspects of the global carbon cycle. Further
details and PDFs.
- October 28-29: DOE and USDA hold workshop on Sustainability
of Biofuels: State of the Science and Future Directions. Report.
- October 7: DOE and USDA Release National Biofuels Action
release and Document)
- September: Genomics:GTL Strategic Plan written. (Released February 2009.)
- July 31: USDA and DOE Fund 10 New Projects for Biomass
Genomics Research. Departments of Energy and Agriculture jointly selected
10 projects for awards totaling $10 million for biobased-fuel research.
- May 28-30: DOE BER holds computing workshop on GTL
Systems Biology Knowledgebase. Report.
- April 4: Genomics:GTL Program Data Sharing and Information
Policy released. (PDF)
- March 4-6 and Mar. 17-18: Carbon Cycling and Biosequestration:
Integrating Biology and Climate Through Systems Science workshop
hosted by DOE BER. Report.
- February 10-13: Genomics:GTL Awardee Workshop VI and
Metabolic Engineering Working Group Interagency Conference on Metabolic
Engineering 2008, Bethesda, Maryland. (Abstracts)
- Oct. 1: DOE Provides Nearly $30 Million to Jump Start Bioenergy
Research Centers.The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced
it has invested nearly $30 million in end-of-fiscal-year (2007) funds
to accelerate the start-up of its three new Bioenergy Research Centers,
bringing total DOE Bioenergy Research Center investment to over $400 million.
- June 26:
Energy Department Selects Three
Bioenergy Research Centers for $375 Million in
Secretary Samuel W. Bodman announced three new Bioenergy Research
Centers intended to accelerate basic research in the development of cellulosic
ethanol and other biofuels.
Press Release, more details
- June 7: Energy and Agriculture Departments Provide $8.3 Million in Funding
for Biofuels Research. U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel
Bodman and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced that the
Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture have jointly selected
11 projects for awards totaling $8.3 million for biobased fuels research
that will accelerate the development of alternative fuel resources. Press
- February: Joint ASCAC-BERAC Report on
Modeling and Simulation for GTL, in response to the charge dated February 23, 2007
- February 11-14: Joint Genomics: GTL Awardee Workshop
V and Metabolic Engineering 2007 and USDA-DOE Plant Feedstock Genomics
for Bioenergy Awardee Workshop 2007, North Bethesda, Maryland. (Abstracts)
- February 5: Number of Planned Bioenergy Research Centers
- Press Release: Department
of Energy Requests $24.3 Billion for FY 2008 Budget
- FY 2008 Office of Science Budget Presentation
by Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach
October 11-12: DOE/USDA Advancing
Renewable Energy Conference, St. Louis, MO. USDA Secretary
Mike Johanns and U.S. DOE Secretary Samuel Bodman
$17.5 million for 17 biomass research, development and demonstration
to help break our nation's addiction to oil.
by President Bush. DOE Bioenergy Initiative Presentation by
Under Secretary for Science Raymond Orbach.
September: First tree genome sequence published; consortium
led by DOE Joint Genome Institute. Press
August: USDA and DOE Fund Genomics Projects For Bioenergy
Fuels Research. USDA & DOE jointly award nine grants totaling $5.7
million for biobased fuels research that will accelerate the development
of alternative fuel resources. See August 9, 2006 Press
August: USDA and DOE Name Biomass Research and Development
Technical Advisory Committee Members. See August 9, 2006 Press
- August: DOE Issues Call for New Bioenergy Research
Centers. See White Paper document (High-Res
PDF & Low-Res PDF)
and Funding Opportunity Announcement PDF. See also August 2 press
release and Fact Sheet.
- July: "Breaking the Biological Barriers to Cellulosic
Ethanol: A Joint Research Agenda." A Research Roadmap Resulting from
the Biomass to Biofuels Workshop, December 2005 Details
and PDFs for Download. See also July
7 Press Release and Fact Sheet
- May 1-2: Dealing with the Societal Implications of DOE Science: Workshop on
Integrating Societal Implications into Science. Chantilly,
Virginia (PDF, 421 kb)
- March: Office of Science revises plans for Genomics:GTL
facilities. See March 28 Fact
Sheet. January 10 Funding Call is canceled.
- February: Review of the Department of Energy’s
Genomics: GTL Program, National Research Council of the National Academies
- February 12-15: Joint Genomics:GTL Contractor-Grantee
Workshop IV and Metabolic Engineering Working Group Interagency Conference
on Metabolic Engineering, North Bethesda, Maryland (Abstracts)
- January 10: Funding call announced for the GTL Facility
for the Production and Characterization of Proteins and Molecular Tags.
17, 2006. USDA and DOE to Coordinate Research of
Plant and Microbial Genomics: Soybean DNA to be Decoded. The
U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy announced January 16th they
will share resources and coordinate the study of plant and microbial genomics,
and the Department of Energy will tackle the sequencing of the soybean
genome as the first project resulting from the agreement. For more information,
see press release.
CANCELED (03/28/06)] January 9, 2006. Genomics:GTL Facility for the
Production and Characterization of Proteins and Molecular Tags Funding
Opportunity Announced. This Funding Opportunity Announcement requests that the scientific community submit applications for the development
of a scientific user facility for the Production and Characterization
of Proteins and Molecular Tags that involves the design, construction
(construction is used generically here and could include new construction,
renovation of existing space, leasing space or other options proposed
by the applicants), and research and development related to the design,
configuration, and operation of the facility that will serve as a major
scientific user facility for the scientific community including the Genomics:
- Nov. 13: GTL
Researchers Achieve Important Advance in Developing Biological Strategies
to Produce Hydrogen, Sequester Carbon Dioxide and Clean Up the Environment,
- Sept. 10–11: GTL and
Beyond: Data Standards Workshop, San Francisco
Aug. 11–14: IEEE Bioinformatics
Conference Presentations, Stanford, Ca.
- July 22–24: Three Genomes to Life Workshops: Data
Infrastructure, Modeling and Simulation, and Protein Structure Prediction,
Gaithersburg (Report PDF)
- June 17–18: Characterization
and Imaging of Molecular Machines Facility Workshop, Atlanta
- June 2–3: Facility User Interactions Workshop, Gaithersburg
- May 29–30: GTL
Facility for Production and Characterization of Proteins and Molecular Tags
Workshop, Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago (Report
- May 12–14: Bioinformatics in the GTL Facility for
Whole Proteome Analysis, La Jolla, Ca. (Report
- April 23: Energy Department
Awards $9 Million for Energy Related Genomic Research. April 23, 2003
"Realizing the Potential of the Genome Revolution: The Genomes to Life
Program," Marvin E. Frazier, Gary M. Johnson, David G. Thomassen,
Carl E. Oliver, and Aristides Patrinos, Science 300, 290 (2003)
- April 1–2: GTL Facility for Whole Proteome Analysis,
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2003 (Report
- February 9-12: Genomes
to Life Contractor-Grantee Workshop I, Arlington, Virginia
- December 3–4: Genomes to Life draft
facilities strategy and plan submitted to the Biological and Environmental
Advisory Committee by the Life Sciences Division of the Biological and
Environmental Research program for the December 3-4, 2002 meeting. Program
Overview (6 pages); January 2003 (PDF
file, 282 Kb)
October 14–15: Genomes to Life
Systems Biology Facilities Planning Workshop III, Gaithersburg, Md.
- August 16–17: Genomes to Life Systems
Biology Facilities Planning Workshop II, Chicago
- July 23: "Energy Department Awards $103 Million for Post-Genomic
Research" Genomes to Life Press
- June 19-20: Genomes to Life Systems Biology Facilities Planning
Workshop I, San Francisco
April 30-May 4: Genomes
to Life Energy and Climate Change Payoffs poster is exhibited at G-8
Ministers of Energy Summit, Detroit, Mich.
April 16-19: Computing Strategies Workshop, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
April 16-18: Imaging Workshop for the Genomes to Life
Program, Charlotte, N.C. (Executive Summary PDF
file, 20 Kb); See publications page
for alternate (low-resolution, high-resolution) versions.
March 18-19: Mathematics for Genomes to Life Workshop, Gaithersburg,
Md. (PDF file, 266 Kb; Executive Summary
(PDF file, 23 Kb))
March 6-7: Computer Science for Genomes to Life Workshop,
Gaithersburg, Md. ((PDF file,
272 Kb); Executive Summary (PDF
January 22-23: Computing Infrastructure and Networking Workshop
for Genomes to Life, Gaithersburg, Md. Presentations
available here. The report is available here as a PDF file.
- December 10-11: Genomes to Life: Technology Assessment
for Mass Spectrometry Workshop, Washington D.C. (PDF
file, 118 Kb; Executive Summary (PDF
file, 59 Kb))
- October 26: Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research
Advisory Committee Presentation by Gary Johnson, PDF.
- October 24-25: Genomes to Life Energy and Climate Mission Payoffs
- September 9-10: Genomes to Life Science Mission Payoffs
Workshop, Washington D.C.
- September 6-7: Visions for Computational and Systems
Biology Workshop for the Genomes to Life Program, Washington D.C. (notes: PDF
file, 430 Kb)
August 7-8: First Genomes to Life Computational Biology
Workshop was held at the U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters, Germantown,
The report is available as a PDF
June 23: Genomes to Life Workshop on The Role of Biotechnology
in Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Concentrations; Arlington, Va. ( Ken Nealson and J. Craig Venter, Workshop Cochairs)
April: Genomes to Life roadmap
is published in response to recommendations set forth in the 2000 report,
"Bringing the Genome to
- February:: Initial Working Draft Sequence of the human genome
is published in Science and Nature.
January 25-26: Genomes to Life Roadmapping Workshop,
October 29-November 1: Genomes to Life Roadmapping Workshop,
San Diego, Ca.
the Genome to Life" report in response to Martha Krebs' 1999
charge to define DOE's potential scientific roles after the Human Genome
Project is completed.
- June: HGP
leaders and President Clinton announce
the completion of a "working draft" DNA sequence of the human genome.
- April: DOE
researchers announce completion of chromosomes
5, 16, and 19 draft sequence.
- March: International collaborators publish genome of
- November 24: Martha Krebs, then director of DOE's Office of
Science, charges the U.
S. Department of Energy's Biological and Environmental Research Advisory
(BERAC) to define DOE's potential scientific roles after the Human Genome
Project is completed.
Joint Genome Institute opens the doors on its 60,000 square foot Production
Genome Facility in Walnut Creek,
advances completion date for obtaining a draft sequence of the entire
human genome from 2001 to 2000.
- Low-resolution genetic linkage map of entire human genome published.
for data release and resource sharing announced by DOE and NIH.
- Human chromosome mapping data repository, Genome Data Base (GDB)
- DOE and
NIH sign MOU outlining plans for cooperation on genome research.
- Telomere (chromosome end) sequence having implications for aging and cancer
research is identified at LANL.
- Congressionally chartered DOE advisory committee, Health and Environmental
Research Advisory Committee (HERAC), recommends a 15-year, multidisciplinary,
scientific, and technological undertaking
to map and sequence the human genome. DOE designates multidisciplinary human
- Following the Santa Fe conference, DOE Office of Health and Environmental
Research (now Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER)) announces
Human Genome Initiative. With $5.3
million, pilot projects begin at DOE national laboratories
to develop critical resources and technologies.
- At DOE Office of Health and Environmental Research, Charles
DeLisi and David
A. Smith commission the first Santa Fe conference to assess the feasibility
of a human genome sequencing initiative.
- DOE OHER (now OBER)
and International Commission on Protection Against Environmental Mutagens
and Carcinogens (ICPEMC) cosponsor Alta, Utah,
conference highlighting the growing role of recombinant DNA technologies.
Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) incorporates Alta proceedings into
report acknowledging value of human
genome reference sequence.
- LANL and LLNL begin production of DNA clone (cosmid) libraries representing