National Science Foundation (NSF)
Plant Genome Research Program
DUE: JAN 26
In the past twelve years of this program, there has been a tremendous increase in the tools available for genomics in key
crop plants and their models, including but not limited to, collections of expressed sequence resources, genome survey
sequences, mutant collections, expression profiling resources, and tools for studying gene expression in situ.
whole genome sequences and downstream tools are available for a number of key crops as well as widely-used model
systems. This wealth of genomic resources makes it possible for researchers to begin to address some of the major unanswered
questions in plant biology that have been intractable using traditional approaches as well as transfer findings
from model systems into plants of economic importance. At the same time, there is a continued need for novel and creative
tools to allow development of new experimental approaches or new ways of analyzing genomic data.
present conceptually new and different ideas are encouraged, especially from investigators and institutions that have not
participated in the PGRP before. In addition, proposals that provide strong and novel training opportunities integral to
the research plan and particularly across disciplines are especially encouraged.
Four kinds of activity will be supported in FY 2010: (1) Genome-Enabled Plant Research (GEPR) awards to tackle major
unanswered questions in plant biology on a genome-wide scale; (2) Transferring Research from Model Systems (TRMS)
awards to apply basic biological findings made using model systems to studying the basic biology of plants of economic
importance; (3) Tools and Resources for Plant Genome Research (TRPGR) awards to support development of novel
technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery in plant genomics; and (4) Comparative Plant Genome Sequencing
(CPGS) awards to support development of sequence resources to enable research in economically important crop plants
and plant processes of potential economic value.
Proposals addressing these opportunities are welcomed at all scales, from single-
investigator projects through multi-investigator, multi-institution projects, commensurate with the scope of the work proposed.
FUNDING: $20 million for 15-25 awards.
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