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Molecular Foundations for Biotechnology (MFB)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 23-554 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.

Partnerships to Transform Emerging Industries

Supports collaborative high-risk, high-payoff projects that develop new techniques to modify the structure, function and/or fate of biological molecules that have important applications in biotechnology.


This initiative calls for fundamentally new approaches in molecular sciences to drive new directions in biotechnology, a critical and emerging technology of the 21st century. This is the second year of a campaign targeting broad annual themes to be pursued through collaborative high risk/high reward projects.

This year’s solicitation calls for synergistic scientific research collaborations that involve innovative machine learning (ML) methods to foster advances in research on the function of biomolecular systems and have the potential to drive innovation in biotechnology. 

Program contacts

Catalina Achim
mfb@nsf.gov (703) 292-2048 MPS/OAD
Krastan B. Blagoev
mfb@nsf.gov (703) 292-4666 MPS/PHY
Zhilan J. Feng
mfb@nsf.gov (703) 292-7523 MPS/DMS
Wilson A. Francisco
mfb@nsf.gov (703) 292-7856 BIO/MCB
Tingyu Li
mfb@nsf.gov (703) 292-4949 MPS/CHE
Marcia E. Newcomer
mfb@nsf.gov (703) 292-4778
Steven W. Peretti
mfb@nsf.gov (703) 292-7029 ENG/CBET
Amarda Shehu
mfb@nsf.gov (703) 292-8191

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