NSF Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation declares success, terminates self

Just got this email.  On the one hand it is nice to see that NSF is not keeping around programs when they may no longer be needed.  On the other hand, this somehow seemed melancholy …

Dear Colleague,

The Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation program has demonstrated the value of interdisciplinary computational and data-enabled science and engineering.  Increasingly, this research approach is being integrated into new and continuing NSF programs and solicitations.  As of fiscal year 2012, proposals will no longer be accepted by the CDI program.

Investigators are referred to related NSF funding opportunities, which are listed on this web page (http://www.nsf.gov/cdi).  Please check for updates on this page as new opportunities are announced, and follow the links for program information and program officer contacts.

This is a one-time e-mail being sent to all PIs and Co-PIs of CDI proposals.

Tom Russell, Eduardo Misawa, and Ken Whang
CDI Co-chairs

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

One thought on “NSF Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation declares success, terminates self”

  1. Reminds me a bit of an article a few years ago where some science journalists noted that a lot of universities were getting rid of their molecular biology programs and they asked Wally Gilbert (who is generally credited with naming “molecular biology” as such) whether he was sad about it.

    He responded that he wasn't, because calling something “molecular biology” implied that mainstream biology wasn't molecular (which was true in the 1950s), and getting rid of the name implied that molecular biology had become the default biology. It's beginning to be the case for bioinformatics and related subjects too.


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