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NSF Revises Integrative Biological Research Program Solicitation; Award $6.4M to 10 Proposals

NEW YORK, June 23 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Science Foundation revised a previously issued program solicitation for its Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research program.


NSF expects to award approximately $6.4 million to fund ten new proposals. Award size will vary by the project and will be up to five years. Funding decisions will be made by July 2007. The awards are expected to start by September 2007.


FIBR supports "integrative research that addresses major questions in the biological sciences," the NSF said on its web site. The program stresses integrative and interdisciplinary approaches, drawing on tools and concepts from fields like math and physical sciences, engineering, social sciences, and information sciences.


The program does not support research with disease related goals, such as etiology, diagnosis and treatment of human and animal diseases, or drug testing.


The document, NSF 06-579, made four revisions to the previous solicitation, NSF 05-597. They include changes to proposal submission date and new length requirements for the preliminary proposals.


Preliminary proposals are now due Sept. 26. After a review by a panel of outside experts, selected teams will be invited to submit full proposals via FastLane or by Feb. 16, 2007.






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