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Microbial Observatories (MO) and Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP)

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
Administered by:

National Science Foundation, Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management, Headquarters
(see all US Federal Agencies)

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Applications Due:

Aug 23, 2004
also, recurring dates beginning on August 1, 2005: First Monday in August, thereafter, up to and including August 6, 2007

total funding: $6,500,000
max award: none
min award: none
cost sharing, matching: Yes
number of awards: 10
type of funding: Grant
Description:

Microorganisms are the oldest, most diverse and most abundant forms of life on Earth. However, the identity, physiology and interactions of the vast majority of these microbes, as well as the processes they mediate in the environment, remain unknown or poorly understood. Advances in molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics, and cultivation technologies herald a new age of exploration of the microbial world. The Microbial Observatories (MO) and Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP) activities will support research to discover and characterize novel microorganisms, microbial consortia, communities, activities and other novel properties, and to study their roles in diverse environments. The Microbial Observatories activity is a continuation of MO competitions held since 1999 (for a list of prior awards, see http://www.nsf.gov/bio/pubs/awards/mo1999.htm). The long-term goal of this activity is to develop a network of sites or "microbial observatories" in different habitats to study and understand microbial diversity over time and across environmental gradients. Projects supported are expected to establish or participate in an established, Internet-accessible knowledge network to disseminate information resulting from these activities. In addition, educational and outreach activities such as formal or informal training in microbial biology, and activities that will broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in microbial research and education are expected. Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP) expands the range of the MO competition to support microbial diversity research projects that need not be site-based, and that are smaller and/or shorter in duration than MO projects. This expanded activity will fund integrative studies that explore novel microorganisms, their interactions in consortia and communities, and aspects of their physiology, biochemistry and genomics in relationship to the processes that they carry out in the environment.

Who can apply:

Unrestricted

Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

Biological Sciences

More Information:

NSF Publication 04-586

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