The mission of the National Center for Genome Analysis Support is to enable the biological research community of the US to analyze, understand, and make use of the vast amount of genomic information now available. NCGAS focuses particularly on transcriptome- and genome-level assembly, phylogenetics, metagenomics/transcriptomics, and community genomics. NCGAS is a collaborative project between the lead institution, Indiana University (IU), and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) at Carnegie Mellon University
US researchers are in the midst of dramatic developments in genome sequencing capabilities, driven by the availability of high throughput, low-cost next-generation gene sequencers. To help address the scientific challenges of understanding this new wealth of gene sequence information, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Indiana University a $1.5-million grant (NSF Award #1062432 - ABI Development: National Center for Genome Analysis Support) to establish the National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) in 2011. Since NCGAS has received a sustaining award from the NSF, DBI-1458641 in 2015 and recently awarded a second sustaining award ABI-1759906 in 2018 to continue their mission assisting researchers.
NCGAS staff maintains software on a variety of nationally accessible high performance clusters.NCGAS users have access to computational resources on both IU clusters and Level 1 Resources which are allocated through the XSEDE allocation process. NCGAS is also an XSEDE "Genomics and Biological Field Stations" domain champion, to help connect interested colleagues to the right resources or communities. For more information on XSEDE, go here and for more information on
Consulting time and expertise from NCGAS staff, computational time on IU resources, storage of data and experimental results on IU resources (disk and tape), and customization / optimization of open source software is available to researchers with current NSF funding (or working in areas that qualify for funding by the NSF) - typically at no cost - simply by filling out a request form that documents the project's status.
Other researchers working within the US may obtain computational and storage resources on a fee-for-service basis from NCGAS
NCGAS is affiliated with the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute as a Cyberinfrastructure and Service Center. PTI Service & Cyberinfrastructure Centers focus on developing and delivering leading-edge services that benefit the university, State of Indiana, and advance the scholarly community nationally.
The NCGAS is the culmination of more than a decade of focused support for bioinformatics by University Information Technology Services, spearheaded initially by Dr. Richard Repasky.