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UK Funding Agency Seeks Proposals for Microorganism Systems Biology Program

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (GenomeWeb News) - The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the basic and strategic biological research funding arm of the UK, has issued a call for proposals to establish "transnational research projects on systems biology in microorganisms," or SysMo.


According to the BBSRC, the call is part of an effort to "establish systems biology of unicellular microorganisms. The objective of projects funded in SysMo is to use procedures for the standardized generation of data ... with a view to addressing concrete biological questions ... to simulate them in silico, to then verify them in experiments and to subsequently use them for refining the computer simulation.


"Such an iterative process and its experimental verification is expected to eventually lead to a systemic understanding of biological processes including their modeling," the BBSRC said. "Such modeling of biological processes will facilitate forecasts on the behavior of biological systems influenced by variable internal and external parameters in order to control, adapt and optimize cellular processes with a view to the described manifold potential fields of application."


SysMo is being financed by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Austria; the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research; the Research Council of Norway; the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom; and Ministry of Education and Science in Spain. The call for proposals is open to institutions of higher education and non-university academic research institutions in all participating countries.

Additional details about SysMo can be found here.

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