Q: I wish to get involved with FAANG activites but there seems that a lot
is going on. How can I get started?
A: Please refer to our Steps to get involved page to find a chip in point.
- to find a contact point from the current active project leaders:
- to see currently funded projects for more information:
Q: I found a dataset publically available on ENA site, but fail to find any
publication associated with it. Can I download the dataset and do
some analysis? It is not clear to me that according to the Data Sharing
Statement of FAANG, we can or cannot use this data?
A: I suppose as long as you follow the guidelines set forth in The FAANG
Data Sharing Statement (http://www.faang.org/data-share-principle) cited
by the project abstract (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/ena), you can download and
analyze the data and cite the data source in related publications. Consult
your advisor if there are items not articulated clearly; If there are
situations not well described in the FAANG Data Sharing Statement, please
have your advisor contact the authors of the data to get a consent.
In addition, I would suggest you contact the submitters of the data for
more details in terms of the use of the data and to potentially
Q: I wish to collaborate with someone in my field for a grant application,
is there a way to find those who are also interested and how we can get
A: Yes. On our Funding Oppotunities page, there are attached message boards
for members to post messages and proposed application title and contact
information. This is designed to help people to get into group actions
when they get in touch off the line.
Q: Can I get a support letter from FAANG for my grant application? What do
I need in order to get one?
A: The Steering Committee Co-Chairs can provide a Letter of Support (LOS),
provided that your project is willing to state that the data will be
made publically available per the FAANG Data Sharing Statement. The
expectation is that the proposed Principal Investigator/Director or
co-PI/PD is a member of FAANG, and has agreed to these principles
already. We further require that FAANG-supported projects to submit
data to BioSamples in accordance with current FAANG Metadata standards,
and cooperate with the FAANG Data Coordination Centre, as appropriate.
Please see draft letters for additional details.
Q: Are FAANG members required to submit their sequences with FAANG labeled
as affiliation of some sort? How to identify submitted data from FAANG
A: FAANG members are required to follow the agreements of the FAANG data
sharing statement (http://www.faang.org/data-share-principle), and should
submit their data to the public archives following the FAANG submission
instructions. Following these instructions will ensure that submitted data
will be correctly identified, meet the required metadata standards and
indexed in the FAANG Data Portal.
Once the data is available through a public archive, it will normally be
indexed within 24 hours. If there are particular studies that people
believe should be available through the FAANG data portal but are not
there, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the accession numbers to
report it for investigation.
Q: How can I access FAANG data?
A: FAANG data are processed and archived at FAANG Data Portal
ALERT: Remember, these data are public because someone submitted them
to the data portal, often ahead of publication. Please read the FAANG
Principles of data sharing (https://www.faang.org/data-share-principle),
which are on the FAANG website and also on the data portal site, to
understand and observe your obligations.
If you HAVE READ and AGREED to above principals: Check: Yes I agree.
The data access points are hyper-linked from the key words in the
paragraphs of "Using this site" descriptions, such as Organisms,
Specimens, Dataset, Files, as illustrated in this screen shot:
The data portal site is designed to use filters for users to browse
into the data with proper focus. Users can easily select or de-select
filters to change the scope through which data are listed (as shown in
the screen shot below).
There is also a select and filter (search) window if users have
specific data scope.