The <http://www.moore.org/> Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has announced
a new research competition designed to provide vital support to some of the
world's most innovative scientists in marine microbial ecology and related
The foundation's Marine Microbiology Initiative has supported research in
marine microbial ecology since 2004, stimulating ideas and discoveries that
are enabling a comprehensive understanding of marine microbial communities,
including their genetic diversity, composition, and function; their
ecological role in the oceans; and their contribution to ocean health and
The new MMI Investigator awards program will run from 2013-18 and is
designed to support the research of an influential group of individual
researchers who will be selected based on the significance of their past
research, the quality of their current research, the potential for continued
groundbreaking science in the future, and the probability that their future
work will contribute to the success of the Marine Microbiology Initiative.
The program will select ten to fifteen current and emerging leaders from
around the world, at varying stages of their careers, who represent a
variety of scientific backgrounds - from microbial ecology to
biogeochemistry, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, and beyond.
To be eligible for the competition, applicants must hold a tenured or
tenure-track position (or equivalent) for a minimum of four years on the
date of application, with the first appointment as an independent researcher
no later than June 1, 2008; and have served as principal investigator on one
or more active, major, peer-reviewed research grants.
The foundation anticipates that the awards will range from approximately
$200,000 to $500,000 per year in direct costs, for an aggregate amount of
approximately $25 million over five years.
For complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and the online competition portal,
visit the Moore Foundation Web site.
<http://www.moore.org/mmi-ic.aspx> Link to Complete RFP
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