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NSF, DOE, USDA Announce Maize Genome Sequencing Project

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (GenomeWeb News) - The US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, and the US Department of Agriculture today announced their joint support of a Maize Genome Sequencing Project.


The total estimated amount of project funding is $30 million, available in two awards over the course of three years, "depending on the quality of proposals and availability of funds," the agencies said today in a program solicitation.


NSF will provide funding in the form of a cooperative agreement, while the DOE and the USDA will supply grants or contracts.


The deadline for full proposals is Feb. 18, 2005.


The project, which involves the sequencing of 2.5 gigabases of the maize B73 strain, represents one of the goals of the National Plant Genome Initiative's five-year plan.