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Switzerland Grants $25M for Systems Biology Studies

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Swiss National Science Foundation has granted CHF27.5 million ($25 million) to fund several biomedical research and genomics and technology development grants focused on systems biology.

The SNSF SystemsX.ch program has approved six projects that will fund research coordinated by the Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics; the Universities of Basel, Lausanne, Geneva, and Zurich; the Friedrich-Miescher Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation; and the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology.

The funding is part of a CHF100 million systems biology program funded by the Swiss government that runs between 2008 and 2011.

The institutions involved in the project are required to invest matching funds at least equal to those provided by the SystemsX.ch program. With those investments, the total funding for these six grants will add up to at least CHF55 million.

These projects will be supported over four years, and are expected to begin later this year, SNSF said.

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