In recent years, researchers have assembled synthetic microbial communities that have novel compositions, genetics, and phenotypes, and they have used these communities to address both fundamental biological questions and a range of societal problems. To support such research efforts, NSF has released the Building Synthetic Microbial Communities for Biology, Mitigating Climate Change, Sustainability and Biotechnology (Synthetic Communities) solicitation (NSF 22-607).
The goal of this solicitation is to support research that addresses one or more of the three themes:
- Define the underlying mechanisms or rules that drive the formation, maintenance, or evolution of synthetic microbial communities
- Use synthetic microbial communities to address fundamental biological questions, including questions in molecular biology, cellular/organismal biology, ecology, and evolution
- Build synthetic communities with biotechnology, bioeconomy, or environmental engineering applications
Full Proposal Deadlines: October 03, 2022 (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time)
Anticipated Funding Amount: $9,500,000
To learn more, read the solicitation posted here and reach out to any of the cognizant Program Officers below.