This month, the Protégé team is very busy writing a renewal grant to ensure the continuation of the Protégé project.
We would be extremely grateful if you could join with us to help us secure the next round of funding by writing us a letter of support.
Please find all the details in the original email from Prof. Mark Musen, the PI of the Protégé project, at the end of this email, or online at:
Please send your letters to Prof. Mark Musen at the address [hidden email] by January 15, 2016.
Your letter will make an enormous difference to ensure that Protégé doesn’t go away!
The Protégé Team
Email from Prof. Mark Musen, Principal Investigator of the Protege project
As most of you know, Stanford is able to make Protégé available as a freely downloadable, supported, open-source platform only because we receive a generous grant from the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH funding supports bug fixes and feature enhancements requested by the community. Each new release of the Protégé and WebProtégé systems is a direct result of our NIH funding.
We have received ongoing funding for the Protégé resource since 2003, and it is now time to prepare our next grant application so that we can continue to evolve the software (the rich client, WebProtégé, and a wide range of plug-ins) and to answer questions posted to our mailing lists. For those of you who have benefitted from the availability of Protégé over the years, we would be extremely grateful if you could join with us to help us secure the next round of funding so that you can continue to receive these benefits.
I am asking for something very simple: A letter of support that we can include in our grant application.
When our request for grant funding will be reviewed by the NIH, the testimonials that we receive from our user community will have a major role in determining whether we will receive future funding and, if so, whether we will be funded at the level that we request in our proposal. Letters from people who rely on Protégé technology will go a long way in ensuring uninterrupted user support and many exciting new features in the years ahead. Your letter will make an enormous difference to ensure that Protégé doesn’t go away.
Every letter should provide a brief description of the project or projects for which you are using Protégé or have used Protégé. If a project is the result of federally sponsored research, please include a reference to the agency that is funding the work and the corresponding grant or contract number, if possible. Grant numbers are particularly important to the National Institutes of Health.
I know that this request imposes on your time. The entire Protégé team will be grateful for any statement of support that we can include in our grant application. One of the most exciting aspects of the Protégé project has been the ability to serve and support a user community that believes in our work and in what we are trying to do. All of us who work on the Protégé system are grateful to all of you who have contributed your support, your suggestions, and your code to the Protégé project.
Principal Investigator, the Protégé project
Mark A. Musen, M.D., Ph.D.
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