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Genetic Mechanisms

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 24-539 for the latest version.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


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The Genetic Mechanisms Cluster supports inventive studies seeking to address fundamental questions such as:  How do genes work?  How are genes maintained and inherited?  How do genes and genomes change?  The Cluster welcomes the development and use of innovative in vivo and in vitro approaches, including biochemical, biophysical, computational, genetic, genomic, and metagenomic methods.  Research at the interfaces between biology and other disciplines such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and engineering is encouraged.  Funding priority is given to proposals that identify critical gaps in our understanding, propose imaginative experiments to fill the gaps, and promise high-impact contributions and significant forward movement in the following areas:

  • Gene expression and epigenetics
  • Chromosome dynamics, DNA replication, repair, recombination and inheritance
  • Evolution of genes and genomes

As stated in the Grant Proposal Guide, proposals to conduct research motivated primarily by relevance to human diseases and health is not appropriate for the division and will be returned without review.

Program contacts

Karen C. Cone
Program Director
kccone@nsf.gov (703) 292-4967 BIO/OAD
Alan Christensen
achriste@nsf.gov (703) 292-8440
Anne Grove
agrove@nsf.gov (703) 292-8440
Neocles B. Leontis
nleontis@nsf.gov (703) 292-8440
Ellen Neidle
eneidle@nsf.gov (703) 292-8440
Martha Peterson
Program Director
mpeterso@nsf.gov (703) 292-4778
Roy Welch
rwelch@nsf.gov (703) 292-8440
Susannah Gal
sgal@nsf.gov (703) 292-4415

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