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New calls for proposals and resources in the marine and life sciences

CIFAR Global Call for Ideas

Call for Letters of Intent: opens November 15, 2017

Letters of Intent submission deadline: by end of January, 2018

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) invites the global research community to submit proposals for new programs that address complex, fundamental questions of importance to the world. Ideas must be novel, bold, and potentially transformative to warrant the creation of a long-term, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research program. Proposals will be accepted from all areas of research. For more information, visit

IMG/ProPortal site is now live

The marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus, which is abundant in the oceans, is a key model system in microbial ecology. IMG/ProPortal provides Prochlorococcus and the closely related Synechococcus and Cyanophage genomes integrated with a comprehensive set of publicly-available isolate and single cell genomes, and a rich set of publicly-available metagenome samples. IMG/ProPortal includes genomic, transcriptomic, metagenomic and population data from both cultivated strains and wild populations of cyanobacteria and phage. You can visit and explore the site at