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NIH Funding Boosts Development of New Biophysical Technique

The National Institutes of Health have provided important support for the development of Fluctuation X-ray Scattering by awarding an R01 grant to Peter Zwart, a Biophysicist Research Scientist in the Physical Biosciences Division. More>

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EFRC’s Affiliated With Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley Receive DOE Funding

Centers for Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2 (Berkeley Lab) and Gas Separations Relevant to Clean Energy Technologies (UC Berkeley) part of $100 million grant. More>

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DOE Seeks Recent Ph.D. Recipients for Solar Energy Research Projects

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is now accepting applications for postdoctoral researchers in solar energy to participate in the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards. The program supports emerging scientific leaders focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy to help solve our nation’s energy challenges. This year, up to five recent Ph.D. recipients will get the opportunity to conduct applied research projects to advance breakthrough solar energy technologies at universities, national laboratories and other research facilities. More>

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EBI Issues Call for New Research Proposals; Deadline is April 30

The Energy Biosciences Institute has issued a call for new research proposals for funding available for the period 2015-17. Pre-proposals are due no later than April 30. To be eligible, researchers must have primary appointments at one of the partner EBI institutions — UC Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Berkeley Lab. More>

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Webinar Tomorrow on Keys to Competitive Cleantech Open Application

Rex Northen, Cleantech Open’s executive director, will introduce the organization’s 2014 U.S. Accelerator program and offer tips on submitting a competitive application in a March 25, 10 to 11 a.m., free webinar and Q&A session. Register here for the webinar. Cleantech Open is the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. Since 2006, it has awarded over six million dollars in cash and services to help support companies such as Berkeley Lab startup Alphabet Energy. April 1 is early bird deadline for accelerator applications. Go here for application details.

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New Genomics Incubator Launched; Application Period Open

Applications are now being accepted for the Illumina Accelerator Program, a business accelerator focused on advancing innovation for the genomics industry. The inaugural session begins August 1. Invited participants will receive technology and business guidance, financial support, instrument access, and accelerator lab space. Go here for the application form, due May 16, and FAQs.

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Proposals Accepted for 2015 LDRD Funding

Lab researchers are invited to submit proposals for Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) funding, estimated at about $23 million for the FY2015 cycle. LDRD is one of the Lab’s principal means to seed innovative science and new research directions. Multi-investigator and multi-divisional initiatives are particularly encouraged. Of special significance are cross-disciplinary proposals in the areas of Extreme Data for Science, ALS-II Science and Technology, and Microbes to Biomes. Deadline for submission is March 3. More>

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Life Scientist Receives Huntington’s Disease Human Biology Project Award

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) announced that four research grants have been awarded to launch the group’s new research initiative, the HDSA Huntington’s Disease Human Biology Project. Life Sciences Division’s Helen Budworth was selected to receive one of these first-ever fellowship awards for her project “Metabolomic and Gene Expression Analysis of Fatty Acid Metabolism Biomarkers of Huntington’s Disease.” More information about the awards and a complete summary of the research projects, including Budworth’s, can be found here.

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German Research Foundation Hosts Funding Workshop on Campus

A delegation from the German Research Foundation (DFG) will hold a workshop for researchers interested in establishing international collaborations with German universities and research institutions on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 330 Blum Hall (UC Berkeley campus). The event includes a luncheon for post-doctoral researchers. The workshop will cover how different DFG programs are structured, what the proposal and evaluation procedures look like, and how to make the most of potential research collaborations. Go here to register for the event and to sign up for individual consultations. Postdocs can go here to sign up for the luncheon.

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Earth Scientist Christer Jansson wins $3.5M ARPA-E Award

Christer Jansson of the Earth Sciences Division has won a $3.5 million ARPA-E Award aimed at enabling low-cost, energy-efficient fuel production from natural gas. Jansson’s goal is to design a novel and unique enzyme, a PEP methylase, by engineering an existing enzyme to accept methane instead of carbon dioxide. This methylation process will be employed with metabolic pathway engineering to convert methane to liquid transportation fuel. The research team also includes John Tainer and Steve Yannone of the Life Sciences Division, Romy Chakraborty of the Earth Sciences Division, and industrial partners. Jansson is one of 15 awardees in a category called REMOTE, recently announced by the DOE’s ARPA-E initiative. More>

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