Tree of Life Research support, U.S. NSF

Rodman, James E. jrodman at NSF.GOV
Wed Feb 5 09:11:09 CST 2003

U.S. National Science Foundation
Second Funding Opportunity for
(electronic solicitation NSF 03-536 for Fiscal Year 2003, deadline: May 5,
( <> )
A flood of new information, from whole-genome sequences to detailed
structural information to inventories of earth's biota, is transforming 21st
century biology. Along with comparative data on morphology, fossils,
development, behavior, and interactions of all forms of life on earth, these
new data streams make even more critical the need for an organizing
framework for information retrieval, analysis, and prediction. Phylogeny,
the genealogical map for all lineages of life on earth, provides an overall
framework to facilitate information retrieval and biological prediction.
Currently, single investigators or small teams of researchers are studying
the evolutionary pathways of heredity usually concentrating on phylogenetic
groups of modest size and lower taxonomic rank. Assembly of a framework
phylogeny, or Tree of Life, for all 1.7 million described species requires a
greatly magnified effort by large teams working across institutions and
disciplines. This is the overall goal of the Assembling the Tree of Life
activity. The U.S. National Science Foundation invites research proposals
from multidisciplinary teams to conduct creative and innovative research
that will resolve phylogenetic relationships for large groups of organisms
on the Tree of Life. Teams of investigators also will be supported for
projects in data acquisition, analysis, algorithm development and
dissemination in computational phylogenetics and phyloinformatics.

Please see the Program Solicitation (NSF 03-536) posted on the NSF website
( <> in the Documents Online section) for
description of the activity and guidance on proposal preparation; note the
deadline of May 5, 2003.

James E. Rodman, Ph.D.
Program Director, Systematic Biology
Division of Environmental Biology, room 635
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230
703-292-7184 (tel)
703-292-9064 (fax)
jrodman at

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