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Funding News - Research on the Continued Development and Maintenance of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Software Sought

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites grant applications for research on the continued development and maintenance of bioinformatics and computational biology software. This announcement is made together with 9 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).*

Biomedical research laboratories occasionally develop software to solve problems in the laboratory. These software packages sometimes evolve into well-designed systems that can be easily extended and are useful to communities much broader than the members of the originating laboratory.

The goal of this program announcement (PA) is to support the continued development, maintenance, testing and, evaluation of pre-existing bioinformatics/computational biology software for data management and analysis, computational biology, and modeling and simulation. The proposed software should not substantially duplicate another software package that is already in wide use. This PA pertains to bioinformatics/computational biology software that performs an important function in furthering biomedical research. The software should be reliable and precise according to the computing demands of end-users. The algorithms used by the software should be well-documented, as should be the underlying assumptions of these algorithms to prevent potential misuse. Contemporary software must be fully documented and easy to modify and extend. Defects that arise in any software must be correctable with limited effort.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Yuan Liu, Program Director, Channels, Synapses, and Circuits Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2110, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: 301-496-1917; fax: 301-480-2424; e-mail:

*For a full list of supporting NIH components and a more detailed description of this program announcement, please visit the NIH web site at: