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NIGMS to Provide $10M for Systems Bio Research Centers

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute of General Medical Sciences plans to provide up to $10 million in funding in 2013 to support the creation of Centers of Excellence in Systems Biology, the institute said in a funding announcement this week.

NIGMS, part of the National Institutes of Health, said that the program is intended to promote the use of systems biology for studying complex biological phenomena, where these phenomena are relevant to its mission. Though NIGMS doesn't support research that is focused on diseases or organ systems that are the focus of other NIH institutes, its mission does include an array of research areas, such as bioinformatics and computational biology, molecular and cell biology, biophysics, genetics and developmental biology, biological chemistry, and pharmacology, among others.

The systems biology approaches funded under this program could include the development of multi-scale modeling approaches to understanding basic physiological processes; studies of genetic variation that contributes to the understanding of complex phenotypes and their evolutionary and environmental context; design and construction of synthetic biological systems; and others. In addition to the research efforts, the centers are expected to have significant innovative components of research training, education, and outreach.

NIGMS expects to fund between two and four awards in 2013 with up to a total of $10 million. Applicants may request a budget in direct costs up to $2 million. Future funding will depend on annual appropriations, NIGMS said.

The institute currently supports more than 12 National Centers for Systems Biology, it noted.

Further information about the funding program can be found here.