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May 25, 2006

Research Coordination Networks (RCN) in Biological Sciences

Directorate for the Biological Sciences

The goal of the Research Coordination Networks in Biological Sciences (RCN) program is to encourage and foster interactions among scientists to create new research directions or advance a field. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies are especially encouraged. Groups of investigators will be supported to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, institutional, and geographical boundaries. The proposed networking activities should have a theme as a focus of its collaboration. The focus could be on a broad research question, a specific group of organisms, or particular technologies or approaches. Support will be provided for groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research efforts across disciplinary, organizational, institutional and geographical boundaries. The objectives are to facilitate open communication and exchange of information and resources, to integrate research activities of scientists working independently on topics of common interest, to nurture a sense of community among young scientists, and to minimize isolation and maximize cooperation so as to eliminate unnecessary duplication of efforts.

SUPPORT PROVIDED: NSF anticipates that approximately $1.2 million will be available for approximately 5-10 awards in FY 2006. Awards range in size from $50,000 - $100,000 and award duration is up to five years. Cost sharing is not required in proposals submitted under this program solicitation.

Posted by sharum at May 25, 2006 2:14 PM