The Nonhuman Primate Reference Transcriptome Resource (NHPRTR) is a project that was initiated in mid 2010. The concept was to develop a NHP reference transcriptome resource consisting of Next Generation Sequence complete transcriptomes from multiple NHP species. A consortium of primate biologists, molecular biologists, and bioinformatists participate in the development and extension of the NHPRTR. The Steering Committee overseeing the collection, processing, sequencing and assemblies within the resource is composed of Michael Katze of the University of Washington (UW) and Chris Mason of Cornell University (CU) along with Gary Schroth of Illumina. Our current raw data set contains 40.5 billion 100nt reads from 21 tissues across thirteen primate organisms. The data comes from three types of RNA library preparation methods: non-directional mRNA-sequencing (RNA), non-directional mRNA-sequencing and Uracil-DNA Glycosolase (UDG), and total RNA (TOT).