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NSF to Spend $7M Per Year on New Approaches to Handling Biological Data

The National Science Foundation plans to award $7 million annually under its Biological Databases and Informatics program, which “seeks to encourage new approaches to the management, analysis, and dissemination of biological knowledge for the benefit of both the scientific community and the broader public.”

NSF said it expects to award 20 to 25 grants annually for up to five years under the program, ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 per year.

Eligible institutions are US colleges and universities, and non-profit research organizations including independent museums, field stations, research laboratories, and professional societies. The deadline for applications this year is July 11.


Roper Division Photometrics Acquires Optical Insights

Photometrics, a division of Roper Scientific, said last week that it has acquired the assets of Optical Insights for an undisclosed sum.

Photometrics, based in Tucson, Ariz., manufactures high-performance CCD cameras and electron-multiplying CCD cameras for life sciences applications. Optical Insights, also based in Tucson, manufactures optical systems for a variety of spectral and polarization imaging applications, Photometrics said.