Joint DMS/NIGMS Research Initiative
An updated NSF program solicitation is now available:
Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)
Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 17, 2012
From the solicitation:
The extraordinary growth of data-rich biology has created revolutionary opportunities for mathematically-driven advances in biological research. In this initiative, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and the National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences (NSF/DMS) join together to promote research at the interface of the biological and mathematical sciences. The expertise of the DMS in the mathematical and statistical sciences, and of the complementary expertise of NIGMS in biological and biomedical research are expected to create new opportunities in quantitative biological research.
This competition is designed to support research using sophisticated mathematical and statistical techniques and involving significant quantitative challenges to answer biological questions in areas supported by NSF/DMS and NIH/NIGMS. A direct relationship between a biological application and the mathematical and/or statistical work is expected. Research teams that include scientists from both the life sciences community and the mathematical and statistical sciences communities are encouraged. Both new and existing collaborations will be supported. Proposals from individual investigators will need to make the case that the individual has expertise in both fields.
Successful proposals will either identify innovative mathematics or statistics needed to solve an important biological problem or involve the formulation and analysis of new mathematical, computational or statistical models whose analysis poses significant mathematical challenges. Research that would apply standard mathematical or statistical techniques to solve biological problems is not appropriate for this competition and should be submitted directly to NIH. Similarly, proposals with research in mathematics or statistics that is not tied to a specific biological problem should be submitted to the appropriate DMS program at NSF. Proposals designed to create new software tools based on existing models and methods will not be accepted in this competition.
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