Monday, December 03, 2007

Wanna sequence a microbial genome? Try applying to this NSF-USDA

Contrary to rumors that I had heard (and I confess was spreading too) the NSF and USDA have announced the continuation of their Microbial Genome Sequencing program. This is by far and away my favorite grant program pretty much ever. I have gotten funding for most of my favorite projects through this program. So - I hate to bring in competition, but I thought I should post an announcement here:

Microbial Genome Sequencing Program FY2008
As a collaborative, interagency effort, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture invite research proposals (i) to support high-throughput sequencing of the genomes of microorganisms, and (ii) to develop and implement strategies, tools and technologies to make currently available genome sequences more valuable to the user community.

Full Proposal Deadline: February 19, 2008

The link for the solicitation should be up later today at:


  1. Hello Jonathan,

    If I want to sequence a particular archaea genome (I have no expertise in genome sequencing whatsoever), I would really appreciate if you could recommend me either a company or an academic lab (in some form of collaboration?) who does that.

  2. I think the best approach is to look up recent papers on microbial genomes in Pubmed and see who did the sequencing and then to write them. The only commercial place I know of is Agencourt.


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