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$50 million NSF grant to advance cyberinfrastructure for big data in life sciences
Date:9/18/2013

by the Technology and Research Initiative Fund, a special investment in higher education made possible by the passage of Proposition 301 by Arizona voters in November 2000, and a generous donation by UA alumnus Thomas W. Keating. BIO5 provides the administrative infrastructure for iPlant, bringing together life science researchers and computer scientists to examine complex biological questions.

"This remarkable renewal grant recognizes the great work being done every day by UA researchers and their collaborators and specifically, the solid reputation and success of the iPlant Collaborative," said UA President Ann Weaver Hart. "The UA has emerged as a leader in the biosciences and computational science research and education, and we appreciate the National Science Foundation's acknowledgement of iPlant's impact. Solving the grand challenges that all of us face: feeding the world, improving the health of people and the planet, and the conservation and use of our natural resources requires projects like iPlant and worldwide collaborations among scientists."

Over the past five years, iPlant's team of 40-plus employees at the UAworking with additional personnel at TACC, CSHL and UNCWhas solicited the national and international plant research community for the computational and data-based challenges they face in research. Based on this community input, the team created a set of technologies for connecting scientists both to needed computational resources and to collaborators with expertise to accelerate the pace of their research. The iPlant tools and services are being adopted by a broad range of life science researchers in need of high performance computing for big data analysis and management. These tools and services also are being used in innovative approaches to education, outreach and the study of social networks.

"iPlant has created both a physical center at the UA's BIO5 Institute and a virtual computing space where researchers can c
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Contact: Daniel Stolte
stolte@email.arizona.edu
520-626-4402
University of Arizona
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