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NSF seeks proposals for the design and engineering of synthetic cells

April 25, 2018

Synthetic cellular biomanufacturing has the potential to improve the production of fuels, chemicals, functional biomaterials, and human therapeutics, and to enhance bioremediation and ecological engineering in a profound and sustainable fashion. New therapies and cell-based products depend critically on the development of robust, reliable and reproducible biomanufacturing technologies.

NSF seeks proposals that jump-start the de novo design of complex, synthetic biological components and cells, and intends to engage scientists and engineers in the application of Design-Build-Test-Learn and experiment-modeling cycles to create synthetic cells.

Learn more in Dear Colleague Letter: Rules of Life (RoL): Design and Engineering of Synthetic Cells and Cell Components (DESYN-C3) (NSF 18-071).

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2018, its budget is $7.8 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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