As a collaborative, interagency effort, the National Science Foundation, and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture invite research proposals to support high-throughput sequencing of the genomes of microorganisms (including viruses, bacteria, archaea, fungi, oomycetes, protists and agriculturally important nematodes). The availability of genome sequences provides the foundation for understanding how microorganisms function and live, and how they interact with their environments and with other organisms. The sequences are expected to be available to and used by a community of investigators to address issues of scientific and societal importance including: (i) novel aspects of microbial biochemistry, physiology, metabolism, development and cellular biology, (ii) the diversity and the roles
microorganisms play in complex ecosystems and in global geochemical cycles, (iii) the impact that microorganisms have on the productivity and sustainability of agriculture and natural resources (e.g., forestry, soil and water), and on the safety and quality of the nation's food supply, and (iv) the organization and evolution of microbial genomes, and the mechanisms of transmission, exchange and reshuffling of genetic information. A Microbial Genomics Workshop is held annually; all current awardees in this interagency program are expected to attend. Below is a list of NSF and CSREES program officer contacts. For programmatic questions dealing with the relevance of the proposed sequencing activity to the program, contact any of the four individuals listed below. Questions dealing with proposal preparation and format should be directed to either Dr. Dennis or Dr. Kane.
Who can apply:
Eligible functional categories:
NSF Publication 05-512
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