The National Science Foundation recently recommended our Research Coordination Network proposal focused on Eukaryotic Biodiversity Research for funding. Now the paperwork is complete and the award is official!
This project is entitled “RCN EukHiTS: Eukaryotic Biodivesity Research using High-throughput Sequencing”, and represents a collaborative effort between the University of California Davis (myself as PI) and the University of New Hampshire (W. Kelley Thomas as PI). Our project aims and RCN activities are fully outlined here, as a public summary on the NSF website.
According to NSF, “The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries. RCN provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships, and address interdisciplinary topics…RCN supports the means by which investigators can share information and ideas, coordinate ongoing or planned research activities, foster synthesis and new collaborations, develop community standards, and in other ways advance science and education through communication and sharing of ideas.”
With this 5-year RCN, we’re excited to build and expand a community of interdisciplinary researchers interested in exploring the diversity, evolution, and biogeography of microbial eukaryotes.