NSF accepting grant applications under BBBE program

By Erin Voegele | August 22, 2013

The National Science Foundation recently opened a new funding opportunity under its Biotechnology, Biochemical, and Biomass Engineering program. According to the grant notice, the program supports fundamental engineering research that advances the understanding of cellular and biomolecular processes and eventually leads to the development of enabling technology.

Information included in the grant opportunity notes that the FSF expects to provide approximately 34 awards under the program with a combined value of $8.2 million. Individual awards will range between $300,000 and $600,000. The due dates for full proposals runs from Sept. 27 through Oct. 29.

According to the NSF, research projects of particular interest in the BBBE program include, but are not limited to, metabolic engineering and synthetic biology, quantitative systems biotechnology, tissue engineering and stem cell culture technologies, protein engineer/protein design, and the development of novel “omics” tools for biotechnology applications. The grant notice notes that proposals related to nanobiotechnology, fermentation, cell culture, recombinant DNA, and enzyme technology will also be accepted.

The grant notice specifies there is no cost sharing or matching requirement for the resulting grant awards. The duration of awards is generally one to three years.

A list of recent awards make through the BBBE program is available on the NFS website. Additional information on the grant opportunity is available on Grants.gov