Understanding the Rules of Life: Emergent Networks (336816)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Deadline: Mar 1, 2022

Grant amount: Up to US $16,000,000

Fields of work: Human Genome & Genetics Genetics & Genomics Evolutionary Biology

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Overview:

The Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype"Big Idea" is based on developing a predictive understanding of how key properties of living systems emerge from interactions of factors such as genomes, phenotypes, and evolving environments. Ideally, the predictive capability of the Rules of Life explored by projects supported by the program will enable us to address some of the greatest challenges we currently face in understanding the living world.This Understanding the Rules of Life: Emergent Networks (URoL:EN) solicitation is a cross-directorate program of NSF that aims to develop a predictive understanding of how key properties of living systems emerge from interactions of factors such as genomes, phenotypes, and environments and how emerging networks of organismal, natural, social, and/or human-engineered systems respond to or influence evolving environments. Successful projects of the URoL:EN program are expected to use convergent approaches that explore emergent network properties of living systems across various levels of organizational scale and, ultimately, to contribute to understanding the rules of life through new theories and reliable predictions about the impact of specific environmental changes on behaviors of complex living systems, or engineerable interventions and technologies based on a rule of life to address associated outcomes for societal benefit. Projects that advance all of the different fields of science represented in the project and that represent different NSF Directorates are strongly encouraged.


Using such convergent approaches, proposals must:

  • Identify a rule(s) of life around which the proposed research is oriented or to which the research is applied.
  • Include a compelling convergent research plan with deep integration across disciplines.
  • Involve a basic, or fundamental, research approach to investigate a new understanding of emergent networks of interactions between organisms and Earth, human, natural, and/or human-engineered systems in evolving environments.

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