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Funding opportunities

Seed funding is available for new projects or collaborations in Systems Biology.

Request for Applications: Proposals in Systems Biology.

Deadline: 21 March, 2014.


The Initiative for Complex Biological Systems (ICBS) invites applications for projects in the general area of Systems Biology. The phrase “Systems Biology” is to be interpreted broadly, and includes a wide variety of experimental and theoretical approaches, including computational, mathematical and statistical methods applied to the quantitative study of biological systems.

Preference will be given to applications that will stimulate new research activity, or develop new collaborations in Systems Biology at the University of Auckland.

Examples of the types of activities that could be supported include:

  • International workshops that bring high-profile international visitors to New Zealand to interact with local researchers;
  • local workshops that aid in the creation of local communities;
  • Travel support for PhD students, postdocs, or faculty, for travel to Systems Biology conferences, or other conferences in    Quantitative Biology, they would not normally attend.
  • Seed money to support new research efforts, or new collaborations, with the explicit goal of obtaining future external funding, or publishing new work in Systems Biology.


Not supported are salary buyout or equipment.

There is no set size for applications, but the amount of money available for these awards is limited. Therefore, applications would normally be for less than $10,000. Exceptions are not impossible, but anybody who wishes to apply for a larger amount is advised to discuss this beforehand with members of the advisory group.

Deadlines for application

Applications can be made at any time, and funding decisions will be made four times a year. The next funding decision will be made on 21 March, 2014. Money awarded in this round will need to be spent (or at least committed) before the end of 2014.

Funding decisions will be made by the advisory group of the ICBS. Where necessary, the advisory group will solicit additional expert advice.

How to apply

Applications will be no longer than 2 pages (not including references), and should be submitted by email to Roger Lins. A template is included below. Since this is a new initiative, potential applicants are encouraged to talk directly to ICBS advisory group members to discuss possible proposals.