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UK's BBSRC Budgets $10M for Bioinformatics Resource Development and Management

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The UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has put out a call for submissions for its Bioinformatics and Biological Resource Fund, which is aimed at supporting "the establishment, maintenance, and enhancement of bioinformatics and biological resources" in Europe.

BBSRC has allocated around £6.5 million ($10 million) to fund projects for up to five years and is looking for applications that establish and maintain new bioinformatics resources that could be used by a broad swathe of the BBSRC community, mature project-based resources into community-based ones, make existing community resources relevant to a larger user base, and integrate resources to better meet users' needs and demands.

Eligible applicants are required to complete an "intention to submit" form by Oct. 6 and turn in completed application forms by Nov. 24.

Applications will be assessed based on the scientific quality of the resource, UK scientific community need/demand, uniqueness, and cost effectiveness, among other criteria.

BBSRC is one of seven research councils that make up the Research Councils UK. The BBR fund was established nearly five years ago to provide "proper support for resources such as databases, genetic resources, and culture collections which require long-term maintenance and curation."

Further information is available here.

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