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NIH, NSF Seek Physical and Biomedical Integration Studies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation intends to fund research that combines physical and quantitative science with biomedical research to develop transformative biomarker technologies, as well as research in imaging, informatics, and biomaterials.

The Transforming Biomedicine at the Interface of the Life and Physical Sciences grant will support research that intermingles the two scientific fields in a range of areas.

For biomarkers and tools related to them, NIH and NSF seek research that leverages ongoing efforts to develop and validate molecular biomarkers for many conditions, stimulates new tools for data collection, and develops new computational models that simulate how biomarkers respond to therapies.

Many biomedical advances have come from the interface between physical and life sciences, including MR imaging, multifunctional biomarkers, cochlear implants, pacemakers, high-throughput screening, and others, said NIH.

In addition to biomarker-based technologies, this grant program will fund development of deep imaging technologies, computational models of cellular and regulatory pathways, quantitative and personal image-guided interventions, and improved biomaterials that integrate with tissue for a range of uses, including tissue regeneration.

The total funding period for these grants may not exceed four years, and the total amounts available for awards will vary from application to application.

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