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Keck Futures Initiative Awards $1 Million for 13 Imaging Science Research Projects

The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative announced today the recipients of its latest round of Futures grants, each awarded to support interdisciplinary research on imaging science. The 13 projects chosen represent a variety of approaches to such research, which was the subject of the eighth annual Futures conference, held last November.   Projects selected range from the development and combination of new biomedical imaging methods to better detect, analyze, and track autoimmune diseases to the investigation of adaptive imaging concepts that combine optical and mathematical methodologies to tackle issues related to security, biomedical analysis, and neuroscience.

"We received far more high-quality proposals than funds available," said Farouk El-Baz, research professor and director of the Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University, and the 2010 conference chair. "We scored the grants based on their interdisciplinarity, relevance to imaging science, riskiness/boldness, and the importance and potential impact if the grant is funded. We believe that the group of collaborations selected will result in the most 'generative' findings."

These competitive seed grants aim to fill a critical gap in funding for research on new ideas. Major federal funding programs do not typically provide support in areas that are 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.

For a list of the projects funded please visit the Imaging Science Grants webpage or copy and paste the following URL into your browser: http://www.keckfutures.org/conferences/imaging-science/grantees.html.