Working Groups

Focusing on Scientific Questions

During our initial funding period as an NSF Synthesis Center, Working Groups were chosen to focus on major well-defined scientific questions at the interface between biology and mathematics that require insights from diverse researchers, meeting up to three times over a two-year period. NIMBioS Working Groups have produced more than 300 journal papers, 127 presentations or posters, 16 book chapters, and 21 grant proposals.

We no longer have internal funds to support such groups ourselves, but we are enthusiastic about supporting the development of applications to host such groups using our NIMBioS expertise, infrastructure, and support. Working Groups are relatively small with no more than 15 participants, focused on a well-defined topic and with well-defined goals and metrics of success. If you are interested in getting such a group together, please reach out to us and we will help identify opportunities to target for funding and help you get a proposal together to apply for those opportunities to bring your vision to life at NIMBioS!

"I think the recent NIMBioS Working Group was the most productive, useful and collaborative experience in my career to date. I am simply thrilled to be a part of it."

"The NIMBioS network that brought our team of mathematicians, economists, ecologists and epidemiologists together has gone on to win grants from the NIH, the NSF and the UK's BBSRC."

"NIMBioS has united the forces of mathematical and computational biology communities and forever changed the landscape of mathematical biology research and education in the US and the world."


Our mission is to foster the growth of transdisciplinary approaches within mathematics and biology


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University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-3410

Nina Fefferman, Director


From 2008 until early 2021, NIMBioS was supported by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Any options, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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