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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
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Arlington, Virginia 22230
August 31, 1999
The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) at the National Science Foundation seeks to strengthen the role of computational biology within our broad base of programs. We believe the best way to encourage future growth of those research areas, that were stimulated by the Computational Biology Activities (CBA) program, is to now mainstream that research into all biology programs. This letter outlines the specific steps we are taking to achieve this goal.
There will no longer be a single CBA solicitation. Researchers who plan to submit proposals to the former CBA program announcement (NSF 98-7) are now encouraged to submit proposals to the BIO Divisions most closely related to their field of study. Please visit our web site ( http://www.nsf.gov/bio/) for deadlines and target dates within the BIO Divisions. The plans of the BIO Divisions concerning computational biology related proposals are outlined below.
Since 1992, CBA has nurtured the growth and development of computational biology. In recent years CBA has observed, through proposals received, that computational biology is an integral component of all biological subdisciplines. We now stand at the gateway to a new age in biology. The success of this new age will depend upon how well we cultivate the interface of computer science and technology with the science of biology. Along with the revolution in the biological sciences has come the equally dramatic explosion in computer and information science and technology. Working together, these disciplines will ultimately give us the tools to increase our understanding of biological processes at higher orders of complexity, from the behavior of atoms and molecules to cells to organisms to whole ecosystems.
Mary E. Clutter
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. Grantees are wholly responsible for conducting their project activities and preparing the results for publication. Thus, the Foundation does not assume responsibility for such findings or their interpretation.
NSF welcomes proposals from all qualified scientists, engineers, and educators. The Foundation strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to compete fully in its programs. In accordance with federal statutes, regulations, and NSF policies, no person on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin, or disability shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving financial assistance from NSF (unless otherwise specified in the eligibility requirements for a particular program).
Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities (FASED) provide funding for special assistance or equipment to enable persons with disabilities (investigators and other staff, including student research assistants) to work on NSF-supported projects. See the program announcement or contact the program coordinator at (703) 306-1636.
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PRIVACY ACT AND PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENTS
The information requested on proposal forms and project reports is solicited under the authority of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended. The information on proposal forms will be used in connection with the selection of qualified proposals; project reports submitted by awardees will be used for program evaluation and reporting within the Executive Branch and to Congress. The information requested may be disclosed to qualified reviewers and staff assistants as part of the review process; to applicant institutions/grantees to provide or obtain data regarding the proposal review process, award decisions, or the administration of awards; to government contractors, experts, volunteers and researchers and educators as necessary to complete assigned work; to other government agencies needing information as part of the review process or in order to coordinate programs; and to another Federal agency, court or party in a court or Federal administrative proceeding if the government is a party. Information about Principal Investigators may be added to the Reviewer file and used to select potential candidates to serve as peer reviewers or advisory committee members. See Systems of Records, NSF-50, "Principal Investigator/Proposal File and Associated Records," 63 Federal Register 267 (January 5, 1998), and NSF-51, "Reviewer/Proposal File and Associated Records," 63 Federal Register 268 (January 5, 1998). Submission of the information is voluntary. Failure to provide full and complete information, however, may reduce the possibility of receiving an award.
Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 120 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions. Send comments regarding this burden estimate and any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer; Division of Administrative Services; National Science Foundation; Arlington, VA 22230.
YEAR 2000 REMINDER
In accordance with Important Notice No. 120 dated June 27, 1997, Subject: Year 2000 Computer Problem, NSF awardees are reminded of their responsibility to take appropriate actions to ensure that the NSF activity being supported is not adversely affected by the Year 2000 problem. Potentially affected items include: computer systems, databases, and equipment. The National Science Foundation should be notified if an awardee concludes that the Year 2000 will have a significant impact on its ability to carry out an NSF funded activity. Information concerning Year 2000 activities can be found on the NSF web site at ( http://www.nsf.gov/oirm/y2k/start.htm).
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CFDA No. 47.074, Biological Sciences
OMB No. 3145-0058