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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes New NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research

The February 20, 2009 issue of the FASEB Washington Update newsletter includes information on the following of note for ISCB members interested in applying for new NIH grant funding availability:

NIH is designating at least $200 million of the funds it received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “stimulus bill”) in FYs 2009 - 2010 for a new initiative called the NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research. The new program is expected to fund 200 or more grants, contingent upon the submission of a sufficient number of scientifically meritorious applications. This program will support research on 15 high priority topics within broad challenge areas that address specific scientific and health research challenges in biomedical and behavioral research that will benefit from significant 2-year jumpstart funds. Challenge Areas, defined by the NIH, focus on specific knowledge gaps, scientific opportunities, new technologies, data generation, or research methods that would benefit from an influx of funds to quickly advance the area in significant ways. The research in these areas should have a high impact in biomedical or behavioral science and/or public health. The NIH Challenge Grant information is now live on the NIH Web site at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/challenge_award/. Please note that the RFA includes the following important deadlines:

  • Release/Posted Date: March 4, 2009
  • Opening Date: March 27, 2009 (Earliest date an application may be submitted to Grants.gov)

  • Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): Not applicable

  • NOTE: On-time submission requires that applications be successfully submitted to Grants.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization).

  • Application Due Date(s): April 27, 2009
  • Peer Review Date(s): June/July 2009

  • Council Review Date(s): August 2009

  • Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s): September 30, 2009

  • Additional Information To Be Available Date (Activation Date): Not Applicable

  • Expiration Date: April 28, 2009


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SRS3D now freely available 

SRS 3D is a module of Biowisdom's SRS system that enables the integration and display of sequences and annotations together with 3D structures. The details are available at http://www.SRS3D.org, a site hosted by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).



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