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The National Science Foundation has announced a new competition for proposals about biocomplexity in the environment. The URL for the announcement is http://www.nsf.gov/cgibin/getpub?nsf0022. The official title of the program is BIOCOMPLEXITY: SPECIAL COMPETITION Integrated Research to Understand and Model Complexity among Biological, Physical, and Social Systems.
This competition offers special opportunities for the mathematical and physical sciences. However, the proposal solicitation was posted only in December 1999 and proposals are due March 1, 2000, with letters of intent by January 31, 2000. There is a sketch of the guidelines and opportunities for this program, prepared by NSF program directors from the Mathematics and Physical Sciences Directorate.
Updated
Selection Criterion as of 28 January 2000
The biocomplexity working group for the FY2000 competition has agreed on a broad understanding of the environmental connection needed for proposals to this competition. THIS IS BROADER THAN SOME READINGS OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT MIGHT SUGGEST.
The following points could be helpful in considering whether a topic is appropriate for the competition.
Competitive Biocomplexity proposals should:
1. be multidisciplinary2. involve living organisms (including humans) or their components
3. involve quantitative experts, i.e. statisticians, mathematicians, modelers, computational scientists
4. take a systems approach
5. have a conceptual or mathematical model that structures the research
6. examine the complex behaviors of systems, i.e. nonlinearities etc., not merely complex (defined as having many parts) systems, within an environmental context
7. involve integration across
spatial and/or temporal scales
FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMPETITION, ENVIRONMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED THE CONDITIONS, CIRCUMSTANCES, AND INFLUENCES, EXTERNAL TO A SYSTEM, WHICH AFFECT SYSTEM BEHAVIOR.
A
proposal will need to describe its system, its environment,
the model, and so forth.
Letters of intent for Research Projects are strongly encouraged, even after the date of 31 January; send them as ordinary text to biocom@nsf.gov. Proposals for Research Projects and for Incubation Activities are due via FastLane by 1 March 2000.
Given the complexity and interdisciplinary nature of the solicitation and the short time for preparation of proposals, the IMA is offering a oneday workshop to describe in some detail to the mathematical and physical sciences community the scientific opportunities represented by the Biocomplexity Competition 2000. You may register on line here. The purpose of this workshop is to inform mathematical and physical scientists about the funding opportunities presented by the Biocomplexity Competition 2000 and, in particular, the mathematical research areas that are of greatest interest. Proposal preparation issues and issues of interdisciplinary collaboration will also be addressed. In addition, the meeting will provide a platform for people who are already working on proposals to exchange ideas and see whether there is enough overlap to combine proposals or at least to submit them in a more integrated way. The workshop will begin with a presentation by representatives of the NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences on the main issues of the workshop and will be followed by five talks by researchers working on projects that are highly relevant to the Biocomplexity Competition 2000, and conclude with a panel discussion/Q&A session. There will be time provided for informal interaction among the participants. A list of awards from last year's Biocomplexity competition may be found here, but please note that last year's competition did not have the environmental requirement that is an element this year.
All talks are in the IMA Lecture Hall EE/CS 180 unless otherwise note
FRIDAY, JANUARY14  
8:45 am  Coffee & Registration  (Reception Room EE/CS 3176) 
9:30 am  Willard Miller  Workshop Introduction 
9:35 am  Jim Rosenberger and Mike Steuerwalt, NSF  The NSF Biocomplexity Initiative slides (pdf, 58KB)Audio 
10:05 am 
Michael
Neubert Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 
Complexity In Ecological Invasions 
10:50 am  Break (Reception Room EE/CS 3176)  
11:15 am 
Christopher
Cosner 
Models For Predatorprey Systems with Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales 
12:00 pm 
Hans
Othmer 
The Mathematical and Computational Challenges Posed by Complex Biological Networks 
12:45 pm  Lunch (provided for registered participants, Lind Hall 400)  
2:00 pm  Louis J. Gross University of Tennesee, Knoxville 
Landscape Management Lecture Notes for the Beijer Institute Advanced Course on Ecological Modeling 
2:45 PM 
Richard
Ewing John
Chadam

Bioremediation Material from IMA Talk pdf (157KB) 
3:30 PM  Break  (Reception Room EE/CS 3176) 
4:00 PM  NSF Representatives, Speakers et al.  Questions & AnswersAudio 
Name  Department  Affiliation 

Donald Alstad  Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior  University of Minnesota 
Joan Bechtold  Midwest Orthopedic Foundation  
John Carlis  Computer Science  University of Minnesota 
John Chadam  Mathematics  University of Pittsburgh 
Benito ChenCharpentier  Mathematics  University of Wyoming 
Hi Jun Choe  Mathematics (KAIST)  Seoul National University 
Christopher Cosner  Computer Science  University of Miami 
J. Matthew Davis  Geology and Geophysics  University of Minnesota 
Mohamed B. Elgindi  Mathematics  University of WisconsinEau Claire 
Christopher Eliot  Philosophy  University of Minnesota 
Richard Ewing  Texas A&M University  
Douglas Deutschman  Biology  San Diego State University 
Louis J. Gross  Ecology & Evolutionary Biology  University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
Daniel T. Kaplan  Mathematics/CS  Macalester College 
David Levermore  Mathematics  University of Arizona 
Douglas Meade  Mathematics  University of South Carolina 
Jeff Morgan  Mathematics  Texas A&M University 
Olivier Mouzin  Midwest Orthopedic Foundation  
Michael Neubert  Biology  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 
Claudia Neuhauser  Mathematics  University of Minnesota 
Victor Nicholson  Mathematics and Computer Science  Kent State University 
Nilima Nigam  IMA  IMA 
Hans Othmer  Mathematics/ Computational Biology 
University of Minnesota 
D. Dane Quinn  Mechanical Engineering  The University of Akron 
Javier Rojo  Mathematical Sciences  University of Texas, El Paso 
Robert G. Root  Mathematics  Lafayette College 
Jim Rosenberger  Statistics  National Science Foundation 
Ron Seigel  Pharmacy  University of Minnesota 
Michael J. Semmens  Civil Engineering  University of Minnesota 
John Stalvey  Biological Sciences  Kent State University 
Mike Steuerwalt  Mathematics  National Science Foundation 
Brian Suchomel  Computer Science  University of Minnesota 
Gary William Theseira  NRRICenter for Water and the Environment  University of Minnesota, Duluth 
Dean T. Tsukayama  Hennepin County Medical Center  
Richard Tweedie  Biostatistics  University of Minnesota 
Anthony Varghese  IMA  University of Minnesota 
Suzanne Weekes  Mathematical Sciences  Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
Vicki Whitledge  Medicine  The Paulsen Group 
Bertram Zinner  Discrete and Statistical Sciences  Auburn University 
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