03/01/2013 - Fueled by nearly $7.5 million in exploratory grant funding, a carefully selected group of scientists will embark on five new pioneering research projects that aim to unlock fundamental questions in biology, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced today.
The Foundation has named its second cohort of Allen Distinguished Investigators, a competitive three-year grant program that supports a handful of scientists to pursue ambitious, creative research. It is a rare funding source that helps researchers gain momentum on projects that typically do not receive support from traditional sources.
"I've always been drawn to the big open questions of science. But the pioneering scientists working to answer them can't promise quick discoveries and often find it difficult to get funding from traditional sources," said Paul G. Allen. "For us to make progress, we must take risks and invest now in this early-stage, cutting-edge research. Backing these scientists is essential to achieving world-changing breakthroughs."
This cohort will work to make progress in the areas of cellular decision making and modeling dynamic biological systems. The grants are awarded to the institutions where the researchers work, and will be paid out over three years.
Jeff Gore, a 2011 Pew scholar and an Assistant Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology was awarded $1.5 million. His project, “Microbial studies of cellular decision-making: game theory and the evolutionary origins of cooperation, ” involves using single-celled yeast to explore how ideas from game theory can provide insight into cellular decision making.
Read the full article at the Allen Family Foundation website.