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Swiss Government Launches $354M Systems Biology Initiative

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - A consortium of Swiss universities will use government and university funds of as much as CHF 400 million ($354 million) over the next four years to create a large-scale systems biology-focused consortium that will be Switzerland’s “largest research initiative ever,” the group said.
 
Groups contributing to the research efforts include the Universities of Basel, Berne, Lausanne, Fribourg, Geneva, and Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute, Friedrich Miescher Institute, and the Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics, as well as the Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich and Lausanne.
 
The consortium said that the Swiss parliament pledged CHF 200 million for the project, called SystemsX.ch, with CHF 100 million going into systems biology research projects. However, government funds will only be distributed to partner institutions that commit an equal amount to the research project in question.
 
The government also will offer another CHF 100 million to continue development of the Zurich Department for Biosystems Science and Engineering, located in Basel.
 
The funding is to be spread out between 2008 and 2011.
 
The application deadline to receive funding is the end of 2007, the consortium said.
 
Further information on the project is available here.

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