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NSF: National Plant Genome Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Posted By Adam Fagen, Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Plant Genome Research Program are pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for postdoctoral associates under the auspices of the NPGI (National Plant Genome Initiative) and co-sponsored by the NSF, USDA Agriculture Research Service and Department of Energy.  The focus will be plant genomics with an emphasis on interdisciplinary training in quantitative genetics, modern breeding approaches, and bioinformatics.   The purpose of these fellowships is to provide postdoctoral training opportunities that target basic research in plant improvement and associated sciences such as plant physiology and pathology, quantitative genetics, and computational biology.

These fellowships are designed to provide active mentoring of the Fellows by the sponsoring scientists who will benefit from having these talented young scientists in their research groups. The research and training plan of each fellowship must address important scientific questions within the scope of the goals of the NPGI and the specific guidelines in this Solicitation. Opportunities to participate in research in USDA ARS laboratories and the DOE's Joint Genome Institute will be possible as part of the training activities for the postdoctoral fellows. International training may be included in the research plan provided that it is relevant to the goals of the NPGI and the within the scope of this Program.Applicants with strong backgrounds in a single disciplinary area may consider expanding their expertise with research in associated fields.

This new funding opportunity is an option within the long-standing NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (NSF 11-499).  Because of strict eligibility requirements, applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully review the solicitation.

NSF anticipates up to $4 million per year for NPGI fellowships in fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014 for 36-month fellowships.

Successful applicants will be supported by either NSF or USDA-ARS. Depending on the focus and location of the proposed research, up to five successful applicants may be supported by USDA-ARS fellowships. Applicants selected for support by USDA-ARS will be contacted directly by NSF and informed of their selection for these additional fellowship opportunities. They will be instructed to withdraw their application to this Program as "funded elsewhere" and USDA-ARS will then initiate the appointment of these fellows directly. All other awards will be made by NSF.

Other competitive areas for this fellowship are Broadening Participation in Biology and Intersections of Biology and Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Program Solicitation

Proposal Deadline

October 11, 2011

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