Genomics centers evaluated
Leiden – The Netherlands Genomics Initiative (NGI) has decided to review the quality of all its genomic centers, both in terms of scientific achievements and valorisation results. The outcome of the evaluation carried out by external international experts will be used to further elaborate the organisation’s strategic plan for 2008 to 2012. This includes clear choices for acivities that should be continued, reorganised or removed from the national plan.
The NGI wants to establish top-level genomics research in the Netherlands with a broad focus on projects that are of economic and/or social interest. The NGI is substantially funded by the Dutch government with contributions from universities, companies and other research institutions. In July 2005, the NGI presented its strategic plan 2008 to 2012 to the five participating ministries. The central elements of the plan are the continuation of the national approach to genomics, increased emphasis on social and economic returns, and further strengthening of the knowledge base in terms of research, technology and education. NGI believes that further investment in genomics is needed in order to meet the challenges faced by society. The organisation proposed a budget of almost a300 million to realise their plans.