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UK's BBSRC Earmarks $2.3M for Bioinformatics Development Grants

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The UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has put out a call for proposals aimed at developing bioinformatics tools and computational approaches for use in bioscience.

Accepted proposals will be funded by the BBSRC’s Tools and Resources Development Fund, which has set aside £1.5 million ($2.3 million) for the program. Grants will not exceed £120,000 ($187,000).

BBSRC is seeking projects that will develop new approaches, software tools, and algorithms for analyzing and interpreting research biological sciences data — especially those associated with handling next-generation sequencing, high-throughput phenotyping, and metagenomics data.

The funds will also support frameworks for curating, sharing, and re-using biological data; community approaches and standards for sharing research information; and efforts to use computational technology such as cloud computing and high performance computing architectures.

Proposals should be submitted by Sept. 25. They will be reviewed by a panel of experts and evaluated based on criteria such as scientific excellence, strategic relevance, and cost effectiveness.

The bioinformatics program is the second phase of a two-part call for the Tools and Resources Development Fund. The first call was launched earlier this year and focuses generally on the development on novel technologies for bioscience.

The deadline for proposals for the first call is Sept. 4.

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