The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) announced this week the recipients of its latest round of Futures grants, awarded to support interdisciplinary research. The 13 projects chosen represent a wide range of approaches to research in synthetic biology, which was the subject of the seventh annual Futures conference.
|Grantee Ratmir Derda|
“We received a record number of proposals, including many bold and innovative projects, and believe that these collaborations will result in the most generative findings,” said Bonnie L. Bassler, professor of molecular biology, Princeton University, and the 2009 conference chair.
These competitive seed grants aim to fill a critical gap because major federal funding programs do not typically provide support in areas considered risky or unusual. The Futures grants allow researchers to start recruiting students and postdoctoral fellows, purchasing equipment, and acquiring preliminary data – all of which can position the researchers to compete for larger awards from other public and private sources.
|Grantee Deboleena Roy