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Self-supported Visits


NIMBioS is open to self-supported visitors who do not need financial support for visits of up to several months duration, with the length of stay determined by the objectives of the proposed project. Such visitors may propose to include a mixture of Working Group, Investigative Workshop and outreach activities as part of their effort while in residence, and we encourage applicants to suggest creative ways to expand their expertise while in residence. In addition, visitors are expected to interact with other NIMBioS resident and visiting researchers. NIMBioS will provide office space and computing support during the stay. Self-supported visitors are chosen based upon indications that the applicant's research plans are consistent with the mission of NIMBioS, the applicant has the demonstrated ability to carry out the proposed research, and that the opportunities provided through NIMBioS will enhance the capacity for the research to be completed in an efficient and timely manner. The proposed research will also be subject to the availability of space. The research questions to be addressed may be either fundamental, applied or both, and may be focused around a particular biological topic, or one from mathematics that is driven by biological insight. We are particularly interested in research that integrates diverse fields, requires synthesis at multiple scales, and/or makes use of or requires development of new mathematical/computational approaches.

Requests will generally be considered only if they are received at least one month before the start of a proposed visit.

Application and Submission Process

NIMBioS applications for Self-supported Visits are short, not to exceed 5 single-spaced (12-pt type) pages (excluding cover sheet and CV).

The application process has two parts, an online summary form and a more detailed project description.

PART 1: Complete the online application form, available here.

PART 2: Submit an application in PDF format, organized as follows:

  1. Cover sheet
    1. Descriptive Title
    2. Short Title (25 characters max)
    3. Name and contact information
    4. Project Summary (250 words max) - appropriate for public distribution on the NIMBioS web site
    5. Proposed start and end dates
    6. Potential conflicts of interest with the members of the Advisory Boards or the NIMBioS Leadership Team.
  2. Problem statement - Clear and concise statement of the research problem to be addressed, why it is important and describe why your background is appropriate to address this. Include appropriate references.
  3. Proposed activities that make use of NIMBioS opportunities to enhance the applicant's abilities - include any particular outreach or educational activities planned; and note (if appropriate) possible collaborators associated with NIMBioS, the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory or Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  4. Anticipated IT Needs - Briefly describe any needs for IT support that are important to the success of the proposed project, including support for coding, high performance computing, and development and maintenance of public databases.
  5. Full CV.

Applications will be accepted in digital format only, as a pdf file. Graphics should be embedded directly into the application document. Note that applications should be submitted as a single pdf file including all of the components listed above (items 1-6). Because of varying visa requirements, potential international visitors should contact us before applying.

Applications should be submitted electronically via email to cwelsh_at_nimbios_dot_org.

Note that information contained in applications for NIMBioS support are governed by the NIMBioS Privacy Policy.

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