>The National Science Foundation has written its program announcement for
>research in basic plant genomic science made possible by recent
>Congressional approval of an additional $40 million in appropriations. The
>announcement is expected to be on the NSF home page this week at
>http://www.nsf.gov/>>The Plant Genome Research Program will support projects that contribute to
>understanding of the genome structure and organization of economically
>important plants, and that link genome information to function at the
>cellular, organismal or evolutionary levels. Included as an important
>element are projects to develop shared resources and research tools that
>will enable plant genome research to advance efficiently, rapidly and in a
>>Given the intellectual and logistical complexity of the research projects
>envisioned, it is anticipated that most projects will involve multiple
>investigators including those from disciplines outside of biology, and many
>will involve multi-institutional networks organized as "virtual centers" or
>"centers without walls." NSF expects applicants to organize each proposed
>project in a manner that will best accomplish its scientific goals, in order
>to facilitate the most rapid progress, efficient use of resources, and
>effective integration of new advances as they occur.
>>It is anticipated that approximately $30 million to $35 million will be
>available for proposals funded through this announcement. (Proposals for
>accelerated sequencing of the Arabidopsis genome will be solicited under a
>separate announcement.) Collaborative Research and Infrastructure Projects
>will be supported at award sizes ranging up to $3 million per year for one
>to five years. Funds for facility construction or renovation may not be
>>A letter of intent must be received by NSF by February 2, 1998. Full
>proposals must be received by NSF by April 6, 1998.
>>For more on this announcement, please consult the NSF home page later this
>week. ASPP will also send a copy of the announcement directly to you
>electronically after it goes on the NSF home page.
>>Thanks again for the successful support by you and other ASPP Contacts this
>year with your members of Congress for this plant genome research program
>proposed by Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) which follows the recommendations of the
>White House-appointed Interagency Working Group on Plant Genomes.
>Public Affairs Director
>American Society of Plant Physiologists
>15501 Monona Drive
>Rockville, MD 20855
>phone -- 301-251-0560
>fax -- 301-309-9196
>e-mail -- bhyps at aspp.org>ASPP home page -- http://aspp.org
Charles S. Gasser, Ph.D.
Section of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of California
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
csgasser at ucdavis.eduhttp://www-mcb.ucdavis.edu/faculty-labs/gasser/gasser-lab.html
Tel. 530 752-1013
FAX 530 752-3085