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NSF, USDA Awards Nearly $18M for Microbial Genome Sequencing in 2006

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In December, the National Science Foundation issued a program solicitation for its Microbial Genome Sequencing program for 2007. 
 
The program, jointly run by the NSF and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service of the US Department of Agriculture, began awarding three-year grants in 2004. Proposals are sought for projects that will “support high-throughput sequencing of the genomes of microorganisms,” and “develop and implement strategies, tools and technologies to make currently available genome sequences more valuable to the user community.”
 
According to the program solicitation, available here, NSF and USDA will award approximately $15 million to between 20 and 30 projects in 2007
 
In 2006, the agencies awarded $17.9 million under the program. A list of projects that received funding in 2006, in chronological order, is available here.

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