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NSF Commits $4M in FY 2004 for Quantitative Systems Biology

NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Science Foundation has earmarked around $4 million in FY 2004 funding for its Quantitative Systems Biotechnology (QSB) program, which supports projects that combine high-throughput experimental methods with computational technology.

According to the program announcement, available here, around 10 projects will be awarded in 2004 at a funding level of $500,000 per year for up to three years.

2004 will be the fourth year of QSB funding. In 2001, 11 awards were granted with a total funding level of $3.1 million; in 2002 the NSF funded 7 projects with a total of $2.5 million; and 10 awards were granted in 2003 for a total of $4.2 million.    

The QSB solicitation seeks "innovative high-risk/high-return proposals, which combine in-depth analysis of large-scale cellular biological systems, or their representations, with creative software tools for the development of computer models, as well as complementary quantitative experimental approaches."

Only US academic and non-profit research institutions are eligible to submit proposals.

The proposal deadline is February 17, 2004.

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