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Synthesis Center for Understanding Organismal Resilience

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Supports the establishment of a new Synthesis Center focused on organismal resilience and plasticity as well as training new generations of researchers in data-intensive, open, cross-disciplinary and collaborative science.


Synthesis Centers are a mechanism used by NSF's Directorate for Biological Science (BIO) to bring together communities that leverage existing data to catalyze discoveries through synthesis, analysis, and integrative training.  Research supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) in BIO focuses on organisms as integrated units of biological organization, i.e., why they are structured as they are and function as they do.

IOS seeks to establish a new Synthesis Center to advance our ability to explain and predict organismal resiliency and plasticity in response to complex and dynamic environmental circumstances encountered over a lifespan through the synthesis of varied data sets and types that bridge multiple scales and levels.

The Synthesis Center will enable innovative synthesis and analysis of available biological and related data by providing the vision, infrastructure, and expertise to advance new avenues of inquiry in organismal biology focused on organismal resilience and plasticity. To accomplish this vision, the Synthesis Center will adopt approaches that are based on open science, team science, and data-intensive methods that enable data synthesis, sharing and inclusive collaborations among researchers across multiple levels of biological inquiry that may include genomic, physiological, structural, developmental, behavioral, neural, immunological, and microbiological analyses across some or all the IOS subdisciplines. In addition to supporting data and knowledge synthesis, the Synthesis Center should train new generations of researchers in solving challenging research problems through data-intensive, open, cross-disciplinary, and collaborative science. The Synthesis Center is also expected to serve as an example in effectively engaging diverse scientists from different types of institutions and across multiple disciplines. These types of data syntheses are expected to provide the basis for fundamental scientific discoveries and/or potentially translational, use-inspired research. In doing so, the Synthesis Center will have a profound impact on the progress of science and society.

Program contacts

Steven E. Ellis
IOS-SynCenter@nsf.gov (703) 292-7876 BIO/DBI
Anna K. Allen
IOS-SynCenter@nsf.gov (703) 292-8011 BIO/IOS
Irwin Forseth
IOS-SynCenter@nsf.gov (703) 292-9459 BIO/IOS
Jodie M. Jawor
IOS-SynCenter@nsf.gov (703) 292-7887 BIO/IOS
Kathleen Lynch
IOS-SynCenter@nsf.gov (703) 292-2095 BIO/IOS
Joanna Shisler
IOS-SynCenter@nsf.gov (703) 292-5368 BIO/IOS

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