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One of the key activities of the Human Variome Project (HVP) is building national capacity for open sharing of data and variant information both nationally and internationally. HVP supports the growth of viable, sustainable national country nodes across the world. This growing network actively contributes to the achievement of the Project’s broader vision. The sharing will support comprehensive and cost-effective human genetic and genomics services to promote health for all people. With this in mind, the International CCAC has decided to establish an Awards Scheme to recognize outstanding performance of individual HVP Country Nodes.

Four key criteria have been selected as priority areas for assessment of progress in 2016. These are:

1. Progress on data collection –this will include assessment of the quality and degree of current data collection given the prevailing circumstances in the country as well as plans to expand data collection and improve the quality of the data identified

2. Links to stake holders at national level – this will assess the nodes current links to the various stakeholders at national, regional and international levels, particularly with other HVP Country Nodes, together with plans to improve these links in the next 12 months

3. Handling of ethical, social and related issues- this will refer to the Node’s activities related to the Node’s own assessment of priorities in this area, why they are important, and the activities being both undertaken and planning to be undertaken to address these issues adequately

4. Plans for future – an assessment of the future plans of the Country Node and the likelihood of achieving them

While these four key criteria are the selected priorities for assessing performance in this inaugural round, an overall assessment of the Country Node will also be taken into account. Application should focus primarily on activities undertaken during the calendar year 2015, however, any concrete plans scheduled for 2016 can also be included as part of the application.

Selection process

A panel comprised of up to five members drawn from the membership of HVP, the International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC) and the Gene and Disease Council will form a selection committee. The membership of the Selection Committee will be determined by the ISAC.

There will be a two-step process in assessing applications:

1. The degree to which each written application meets the priorities and conditions set out here will be used to determine a short list; and

2. A comparative evaluation of the further information gained in interviewing the shortlisted applicants.

The Selection Committee will determine the exact process they will use in evaluating progress. Applications that are brief, focus specifically on the four key criteria, and are supported by clear evidence are likely to be well regarded.

To ensure that there is no conflict of interest, no member of the Selection Committee will be involved in any of the individual applications.

The Selection Committee will determine the number of awards to be made; but can also decide not to make any awards.


To be eligible to make an application for the 2016 HVP Country Node Progress Awards, the application must be

1. made by a current member of the ICCAC, and

2. that member must have lodged all the necessary completed and signed membership forms with the HVP International Co-ordinating Office prior to 31 December 2015.


The Award

Award winner/s will receive:

1. A certificate of commendation; and

2. Free registration for HVP6 at UNESCO in June 2016; and

3. An invitation to make a presentation about their Country Node activities at HVP6 to be held at UNESCO 30 May -3 June 2016

Making an Application

1. Applications must be made on the official application form (attached)

2. Applications must include sponsorship of a member of the ICCAC

3. Deadline for applications is midnight 31 January 2016 (GMT).

4. Applications should be sent either on paper to the following address:

The Human Variome Project International Office
Level 1, 200 Berkeley Street
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010

OR Electronic applications should be sent to the following address:

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Any queries or questions of clarification should be sent to the same email address.

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