Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Storage and Retrieval (SemiSynBio-II)

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Synopsis

The National Science Foundation (NSF), through its Divisions of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS), Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), and Materials Research (DMR) announces a follow-up solicitation on the Semiconductor Synthetic Biology for Information Storage and Retrieval Program (SemiSynBio-II).  Future ultra-low energy storage-based computing systems can be built on principles derived from organic systems that are at the intersection of physics, chemistry, biology, computer science and engineering.  Next-generation information storage technologies can be envisioned that are driven by biological principles and use biomaterials in the fabrication of devices and systems that can store data for more than 100 years with storage capacity 1,000 times more than current storage technologies.  Such a research effort can have a significant impact on the future of information storage and retrieval technologies. This focused solicitation seeks high-risk/high-return interdisciplinary research on novel concepts and enabling technologies that will address the fundamental scientific issues and technological challenges associated with the underpinnings of synthetic biology integrated with semiconductor technology. This research will foster interactions among various disciplines including biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, computer science and engineering that will enable in heretofore unanticipated breakthroughs.

Program Contacts

Usha Varshney
Program Director
uvarshne@nsf.gov (703) 292-8339 ENG/ECCS
Mitra Basu
Program Director
mbasu@nsf.gov (703) 292-8910 CISE/CCF
Elebeoba E. May
Program Director
emay@nsf.gov (703) 292-2100
Germano S. Iannacchione
Program Director
giannacc@nsf.gov (703) 292-4946 MPS/DMR

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