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  Tools for Collaborations That Involve Data Sharing

Program Announcement

Over the past nine years the NSF, the NIH, and other federal agencies, have supported the development of network-based virtual laboratories, following the recommendations of the 1993 National Research Council (NRC) report, National Collaboratories: Applying Information Technology for Scientific Research. As described in the NRC report, collaboratories are expected to improve the speed and output of scientific research through Internet access to instruments, data, and colleagues - independent of time and place. The purpose of this program announcement (PA) is to invite proposals to develop tools and techniques to harness the unprecedented volume of data generated by collaborations among researchers. Using these new tools and techniques, it is expected that two or more laboratories will be able to productively collaborate in ways that are not currently possible.


A recent NIH/NSF Memorandum of Understanding permits both agencies to participate in this program announcement. The Division of Chemistry and the Division of Biological Infrastructure at NSF are participating. Proposals intended for NSF consideration should be submitted to NIH for review at the announced deadlines. After the review has occurred, NSF may choose to fully fund certain applications or co-fund the application. For chosen applications, the principal investigator will be required to re-submit the application as a proposal through the NSF FastLane system in accordance with the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). (Additional information is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gpg and http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a1/newstan.htm.)

Applicants contemplating joint NIH-NSF submission are strongly urged to contact appropriate staff at both the National Science Foundation or National Center for Research Resources for information concerning eligibility and required documentation.

Dr. Janice Hicks
NSF Division of Chemistry
Tel: 703-292-4956
E-mail: jhicks@nsf.gov

Gerald F. Guala
Program Director
NSF Division of Biological Infrastructure
Tel: 703-292-8470
E-mail gguala@nsf.gov

Dr. Gregory K. Farber
National Center for Research Resources, NIH
Tel: 301-435-0778
E-mail gf48a@nih.gov

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