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In some cases it might be appropriate for SBGrid to provide members and contributing developers with a personalized letter of support for grant submissions. If your application would benefit from a letter of support, please contact us 3-4 weeks prior to your grant submission to discuss the details.

Facilities/Other Resources and Data Sharing Plan

If you are applying for grant support, please include a statement describing SBGrid in the Facilities, Other Resources, and Data Sharing Plan sections of your NIH and NSF applications. We have included sample paragraphs below that you can copy verbatim or modify as necessary:

  • SBGrid Members/Researchers:
  • Facilities/Other Resources: Our laboratory is a member of the SBGrid Consortium - an effort that supports installation of a tested and refined library of structural biology applications in 280 structural biology laboratories (www.sbgrid.org, eLife 2013;2:e01456). Workstations and laptops in our laboratory are configured with approximately 300 SBGrid-supported software applications, including collections for X-ray Crystallography, NMR, Electron Microscopy, Bioinformatics, and Computational Chemistry. SBGrid also provides our group with access to educational activities, software training webinars, cyberinfrastructure resources (XSEDE and OSG), and specialized computational resources for macromolecular phasing (SHARP Server) and molecular docking (Discovery Server and Schrodinger Suite).

    Data Sharing Plan: The X-ray diffraction datasets that our laboratory collects, which support macromolecular coordinates, will be made available to the scientific community in their original format through the SBGrid Data Bank. Our laboratory will deposit and release these datasets when a manuscript describing the macromolecular structures is published, in accordance with the SBGrid Publication Guidelines.

  • Contributing software developers:
  • Our project contributes software to the SBGrid Consortium, who makes our application available to over 280 structural biology laboratories that participate in the consortium (www.sbgrid.org, eLife 2013;2:e01456). SBGrid deploys our software updates to member laboratories within weeks of their release. Relying on SBGrid for software installation and updates allows us to devote more resources to core development of our application. We also utilize SBGrid Webinars and the SBGrid Monthly Newsletter to update our community of users about new features.

Citing Software:

Researchers should properly cite all software applications that contributed to their project. SBGrid is currently developing a software citation tool that will be available through our website in the near future.

Please also be sure to acknowledge SBGrid by citing the following paper for work that was completed with SBGrid-supported applications:

Collaboration gets the most out of software. eLife 2013;2:e01456 (2013).

SBGrid Publications:

We describe various other SBGrid activities and related projects in other papers and would be grateful if you could reference these as appropriate:

Primary Publication:
  • Andrew Morin, Ben Eisenbraun, Jason Key, Paul C Sanschagrin, Michael A Timony, Michelle Ottaviano, Piotr Sliz. Cutting edge: Collaboration gets the most out of software. Journal | PDF

Structure determination portal and grid computing:
  • Ian Stokes-Rees and Piotr Sliz. Protein Structure Determination by exhaustive search of Protein Data Bank derived databases. PNAS (2010). Journal | PDF
  • Daniel J O'Donovan, Ian Stokes-Rees, Yunsun Nam, Stephen Blacklow, Gunnar F Schroder, Axel T Brunger and Piotr Sliz. A grid-enabled web service for low-resolution crystal structure refinement. Acta Crystallographica D68: 261-267 (2012). Django-condor code | Journal | PDF
  • Ian Stokes-Rees, Ian Levesque, Frank V. Murphy IV, Wei Yang, Ashley Deacon and Piotr Sliz. Adapting federated cyberinfrastructure for shared data collection facilities in structural biology. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 19:462-467 (2012). Journal | PDF
  • Ian Stokes-Rees and Piotr Sliz. Compute and data management strategies for grid deployment of high throughput protein structure studies. 3rd IEEE workshop on Many-Task Computing on Grids and Supercomputers. (2010). PDF

Software Licensing and Open Source:
  • Andrew Morin and Piotr Sliz. Optimizing Peer Review of Software Code. Science 341: 236-237 (2013). Journal | PDF
  • Andrew Morin, Jennifer Urban, Paul D Adams, Ian Foster, Andrej Sali, David Baker and Piotr Sliz. Shining Light into Black Boxes. Science 6078: 159-160 (2012). Letter from Yale | Journal | PDF
  • Andrew Morin, Jennifer Urban and Piotr Sliz. A quick guide to software licensing for the scientist-programmer. PLoS Computational Biology 8: e1002598 (2012). Journal | PDF

Structural Biology Software:
  • Andrew Morin and Piotr Sliz. Structural biology computing: Lessons for the biomedical research sciences. Biopolymers (2013). Journal | PDF
  • Amber L McConahy, Ben Eisenbraun, James Howison, James D Herbsleb and Piotr Sliz. Techniques for Monitoring Runtime Architectures of Socio-technical Ecosystems. 2012 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work: Data-Intensive Collaboration in Science and Engineering Workshop. (2012). Journal | PDF