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UK Research Councils Publish New Guidance for Bioinformatics Funding Applications


Three UK funding agencies released a statement this week intended to clarify which agency is most appropriate for different types of bioinformatics research applications.

The groups — the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the Medical Research Council — said that the new guidelines will make the bioinformatics application processing "more efficient" and "help us ensure that the best and most strategically relevant research is funded."

Under the new guidelines, BBSRC will support informatics projects that involve the development and application of computational tools and technologies with applications to biological challenges that fall under the group's purview.

EPSRC, meantime, will support biological informatics project that are driven by computer science and/or mathematics and statistics.

MRC will support projects that develop methodologies and apply informatics techniques to improve human health and well being.

Following consultation between the councils, applicants will be advised where best to submit their proposals. Co-funding of projects across the councils is also possible under a cross-council funding agreement.

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