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Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) supports research and related activities that contribute to a fundamental understanding of life processes at the molecular, subcellular, and cellular levels.

Investigator-initiated research proposals are considered in the following clusters: Biomolecular Systems, Cellular Systems, and Genes and Genome Systems. Programs in MCB also support fundamental studies leading to technological innovation, proposals with substantial computational components, and multidisciplinary and small group research. MCB programs particularly encourage submission of proposals involving microbial biology, plant biology, theoretical and computational aspects of molecular and cellular studies, and molecular evolution. Genomic approaches are encouraged in all areas. The Division also coordinates a special BIO-wide competition for Microbial Observatories and Microbial Interactions and Processes. In addition, the Division supports a variety of NSF-wide activities including Biocomplexity in the Environment, Information Technology Research, Science and Technology at the Nano-scale, and Foundation-wide activities designed to promote integration of research and education such as CAREER, and RUI. The Division also considers proposals for limited support of special meetings and workshops.

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