Cold Spring Harbor, NY The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $50 million to investigators at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and other members of the multi-institution iPlant collaborative headquartered at the University of Arizona's BIO5 Institute to create a national cyberinfrastructure for the biological sciences.
"The renewal grant for the iPlant Collaborative will allow scientists around the world to use proven computational tools to analyze very large datasets to efficiently address questions of global importance, advancing the understanding of biology beyond which any individual research group is capable," says Doreen Ware, Ph.D. of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service and a CSHL Adjunct Associate Professor.
Ware serves as a Co-Principal Investigator for iPlant, and the Site Lead for CSHL. Along with other CSHL investigators, she will help to align the development of iPlant infrastructure to meet scientific priorities which include targeting applications to support genotype-to-phenotype research. CSHL, under David Micklos, executive director of the DNA Learning Center, will also lead iPlant's Education, Outreach, and Training efforts and organize the education of research and teaching faculty who are making use of iPlant resources.
The original iPlant grant, lasting five years and also amounting to $50 million, began in 2008. It was among the largest grants ever awarded by the NSF in the biological sciences. Other "partner" sites working alongside the University of Arizona in the renewed grant, besides CSHL, are the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
Over the past five years, iPlant's team has canvassed the national and international plant research community, asking about the computational and data-based challenges they face in research. Based on this community input, the team created a set of technologies to connect scientists
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