New: Enabling Discovery through GEnomics (EDGE) Solicitation

A webinar on the EDGE program will be held on January 15, 2021 at 2pm EST. More information on how to register can be found here.

The new EDGE solicitation (NSF 21-546) from the Biological Sciences directorate includes some notable changes: 

  1. With this solicitation, NSF Directorate of Biological Science is joined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in support of tool development and research to solve the grand challenge of uncovering the rules that underlie genome-to-phenome relationships.
  2. The solicitation now has a deadline – March 21, 2021.

Through the Enabling Discovery through GEnomics (EDGE) program, NSF and NIH support research to advance understanding of comparative and functional genomics. The EDGE program supports the development of innovative tools, technologies, resources, and infrastructure that advance biological research focused on the identification of the causal mechanisms connecting genes and phenotypes. The EDGE program also supports functional genomic research that addresses the mechanistic basis of complex traits in diverse organisms within the context (environmental, developmental, social, and/or genomic) in which they function. These goals are essential to uncovering the rules that underlie genome-to-phenome relationships and predict phenotype, an area relevant to Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype, one of the 10 Big Ideas for NSF investment. The goals also support the NHGRI priority to establish the roles and relationships of all genes and regulatory elements in pathways, networks, and phenotypes.

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