The NSF is begging you to take its money. Program director Sylvia Spengler took the ISMB podium last week, rousing attendees “to get your act together” and apply for the “big money” the agency has available for bioinformatics projects. The Information Technology Research program alone has over a quarter of a billion dollars to give away, Spengler said, with only a measly $48 million of that awarded to biology-related IT projects over the last two years.

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