UB is helping revolutionize structural biology as the lead institution in an 8-member NSF Science and Technology Center known as BioXFEL. The center's researchers are developing X-ray lasers that capture biological molecules in atomic detail, view their functional motions by making molecular movies and observe interactions in their native environments.
X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFEL) produce a stream of unimaginably intense X-ray and in unimaginably short pulses, so intense and so rapid that they can capture the fastest biological processes. X-ray Free Electron Lasers offer a unique and exciting opportunity to explore biological mechanisms in areas that were previously thought impossible. Multiple disciplines are needed to make full use of this process. We need technology to prepare and deliver samples as well as algorithms that deal efficiently with massive quantities of data and can extract structural information.
To get more UB faculty participating in the BioXFEL center, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has established a seed fund for new projects that would complement existing projects. Project participants will have access to methods, techniques and algorithms developed by BioXFEL and will be expected to work collaboratively with the BioXFEL team to bring their research to fruition.
Suitable research projects might include:
Awards will not exceed $35,000 for projects of one year or less.
Funding can support a variety of expenses, including but not limited to salaries to support graduate students, prototype development costs, materials and supplies, and equipment usage. Faculty salaries are not allowed.
All faculty whose appointments allow them to submit external proposals through the UB Sponsored Projects Services Office are eligible to apply. Proposals must include an unfunded collaboration with a BioXFEL Investigator.
Proposals will be reviewed by Ad hoc panel of BioXFEL research investigators who will make recommendation to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, which will make the final selection. The proposals will be reviewed according to these general selection criteria (100 point scale):
In addition to these general criteria, proposals will be evaluated based on potential synergy with and/or extension of current BioXFEL research thrusts.
Applicants can request funding up to $35,000 for projects of no more than a 1-year duration. A progress report must be submitted midway through the project and a final report is due within 30 days after the conclusion of the funding period summarizing the results in relation to the stated goals of the application.
Please send the application as a single PDF to Kenneth Tramposch at ovpr.BioXFEL@research.buffalo.edu by September 28, 2015.