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Microbial Genome Sequencing Program

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived.

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.


As a collaborative, interagency effort, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture invite research proposals (i) to support high-throughput sequencing of the genomes of microorganisms (including viruses, bacteria, archaea, fungi, oomycetes, protists and agriculturally important nematodes) and (ii) to develop and implement strategies, tools and technologies to make currently available genome sequences more valuable to the user community. The availability of genome sequences provides the foundation for understanding how microorganisms function and live, and how they interact with their environments and with other organisms. The sequences are expected to be available to and used by a community of investigators to address issues of scientific and societal importance including:

  • novel aspects of microbial biochemistry, physiology, metabolism, development and cellular biology;
  • the diversity and the roles microorganisms play in complex ecosystems and in global geochemical cycles;
  • the impact that microorganisms have on the productivity and sustainability of agriculture and natural resources (e.g., forestry, soil and water), and on the safety and quality of the nation's food supply; and
  • the organization and evolution of microbial genomes, and the mechanisms of transmission, exchange and reshuffling of genetic information.

A Microbial Genomics Workshop is held annually; all current awardees in this interagency program are expected to attend.

Program contacts

Matthew Kane
Program Director
mkane@nsf.gov (703) 292-7186 BIO/DEB
Lita Proctor
NSF Co-Team Leader
lproctor@nsf.gov (703) 292-5190
Richard McCourt
Program Director
rmccourt@nsf.gov (703) 292-8470
Ann Lichens-Park
National Program Leader
apark@csrees.usda.gov (202) 401-6460 CSREES, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Daniel Jones
National Program Leader
djones@csrees.usda.gov (202) 401-6854 CSREES, U.S. Department of Agriculture

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