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NIGMS Sets Aside $7M in FY 2009 to Create Two National Systems Biology Centers

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has set aside $7 million in fiscal year 2009 to create two National Centers for Systems Biology.
According to a request for applications issued last week, NIGMS the centers will conduct studies into a variety of areas of systems-level research. Applicants for the program may request up to $2 million per year in direct costs for up to five years.
In the RFA, NIGMS defined systems biology as “an integrated experimental, informational, and computational science” that has “benefited from advances in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and other high-throughput technologies and is driven by innovations in computational analysis and simulation.”
NIGMS said that systems biology provides a wealth of new knowledge in many areas of biomedical research, but there are “significant conceptual, technological, and cultural challenges to the realization of the systems biology goals.”
The purpose of the program, NIGMS said, is “to promote innovative responses to these challenges.” 
NIGMS expects the centers to promote communication, collaboration, and technology and data sharing, and to develop continuous communication and feedback between experimental and theoretical researchers.
NIGMS said the systems biology centers will study synthetic biology systems, multi-scale modeling approaches, signaling, genetic, and metabolic networks, and genetic variations in relation to complex phenotypes.  

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