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NSF Issues Call for Management of PDB; Will Award $31.5M Over Five Years

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Science Foundation plans to award $31.5 million over five years for management of the US component of the Protein Data Bank, an international database of more than 47,000 macromolecular structures.
 
In a solicitation released yesterday, NSF said it is pursuing “open competition for support for PDB management responsibilities” in an effort to “ensure the continuing, highest possible quality of management for the central, US component of the Protein Data Bank.”
 
The PDB was originally established at Brookhaven National Laboratories in 1971. Since 1998, two members of the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics have managed the US component of the resource: Rutgers University and the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego.
 
In its solicitation yesterday, NSF said that the competition for PDB management is designed to ensure “that the management of the US component is of the highest quality, providing a reliable, capable, and effective partner for its counterparts overseas.”
 
In addition to NSF, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the Office of Science at the Department of Energy, the National Library of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, the National Center for Research Resources, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases provide funding for the PDB.
 
Proposals submitted in response to the solicitation should describe a plan for PDB management that is “forward-looking and provides an effective framework for anticipating and responding to rapidly changing technologies and to the constantly changing needs, expectations, and composition of the user community,” NSF said.
 
NSF said that it will provide a single award in fiscal year 2009 of up to $31.5 million for up to five years.
 
Letters of intent are due Jan. 16, 2008, and full proposals are due March 19, 2008.

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