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Letter from Frederick de Hoffman, Salk Institute for Biological Studies to Charles S. Smith, System Development Foundation pdf (216,305 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Frederick de Hoffman, Salk Institute for Biological Studies to Charles S. Smith, System Development Foundation
This letter by the president of the Salk Institute emphasizes Crick's formative role as a theorist and driving force behind new lines of research at the Institute, namely in neurobiology.
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1982-01-15 (January 15, 1982)
de Hoffman, Frederick
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Smith, Charles S.
System Development Foundation
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
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From Molecular Biology to Neurobiology, 1976-2004
Metadata Record [Proposal to the System Development Foundation for funds for a theoretical neurobiology group at the Salk Institute] (January 1982) pdf (770,298 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Metadata Record [Budget summary for a proposal to the System Development Foundation for funds for a theoretical neurobiology group at the Salk Institute] (January 15, 1982) pdf (572,063 Bytes) ocr (9,453 Bytes)
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Folder Number: PP/CRI/C/3/1
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Series: Salk Institute for Biological Studies
SubSeries: System Development Foundation
Folder: Application for Funds
January 15, 1982
Dear Dr. Smith:
Your discussions with Dr. Francis Crick about research on the subject of a computational approach to an understanding of the higher nervous system were very much appreciated. Dr. Crick and I are grateful for your and Dr. Kinzel's visit to the Institute.
Thank you for allowing us to prepare a proposal to the Systems Development Foundation concerning this research, which is enclosed.
Permit me to say a few introductory words. Some ten years ago, The Salk Institute very deliberately set out to emphasize research work in the neurosciences and to build a broadly based group of senior scientists in the field. When Dr. Crick, who has been associated with the Institute ever since its inception in 1965, decided to (a) join The Salk Institute permanently in 1976, and (b) to intensively devote his time to the neurosciences, this greatly enhanced the chances of significant new findings in the neurosciences field at the Institute.
The possibility of funding the proposed project by the Systems Development Foundation comes at a most opportune time. This would enable Dr. Crick to have a real impact on the "new" neurosciences. He would lead the theoretical work and have related experimental work carried out at his suggestion.
We at the Institute will continue to do our utmost to provide the scientific research atmosphere which Dr. Crick needs. The directors of the experimental laboratories at The Salk Institute assured me that they too will cooperate fully to enable necessary experiments to be carried out.
I am also pleased to confirm that although most all space at the Institute is now committed to existing programs, we have made arrangements to assure that the necessary office space is made available to the program and that the laboratories can accommodate the type of experiments now foreseen.
Financial information with respect to the five-year proposal is summarized in Appendix A and explanatory notes are contained in Appendix B.
We hope that his proposal meets the criteria set by the Board of the Systems Development Foundation because of the following:
1) It is a novel proposal in an area of research which we believe to be of interest to you
2) With today's government cuts in research funding, the program which is at the edge of current scientific work has little opportunity to get government funding
Furthermore, on non-governmental side, very few foundations in this country have the ability to appreciate the importance of this kind of work.
We are deeply appreciative that the Systems Development Foundation has given us this opportunity to submit a proposal.
Yours very sincerely,
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