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  • This is the way BIO directorate is set up to handle funding the next generation of biology. EF is a virtual units that crosses all unit. It is designed to flexible enough to meet the changing needs of the community.
  • Eligible "predominantly undergraduate" institutions include U.S. two-year, four-year, masters-level, and small doctoral colleges and universities. Eligible institutions (1) grant baccalaureate degrees in NSF-supported fields, or provide programs of instruction for students pursuing such degrees with institutional transfers (e.g., two-year schools); (2) have undergraduate enrollment exceeding graduate enrollment; and (3) award no more than an average of 10 Ph.D. and/or D.Sc. degrees per year in all disciplines that NSF supports, averaged over 2 to 5 years preceding proposal submission. Proposals involving more than one academic institution are acceptable, but one predominantly undergraduate institution must have overall management responsibility. Collaborations between predominantly undergraduate institutions and other institutions may be proposed; however, most of the researchers must be at predominantly undergraduate institutions. Autonomous campuses in a system are considered independently, although they may be submitting their proposals through a central office. It is therefore very important that the predominantly undergraduate campus be identified as the performing organization on the proposal cover sheet. B. Eligible departments (principal investigators) (1) must offer courses that qualify for bachelor's degree credit in NSF-supportable fields and (2) may offer master's degrees, but may not award a doctorate or offer doctoral courses and supervise doctoral research, even though the Ph.D. is not technically awarded by that campus.


  • 1. NSF Funding Opportunities in the Biological Sciences Paul Farel, Ph.D. Program Director [email_address] Biological Sciences Directorate
  • 2. Directorate for Biological Sciences
    • BIO Mission:
    • To support the vitality of
    • the biological sciences
  • 3. Biology for the 21st Century
    • Integrative and Multiscale
    • Broad participation
    • Education
    • Public understanding of science
    • Research infrastructure
    • International engagement
  • 4. Population & Evolutionary Processes Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) Information and Automation Resources Unit (IAR) Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) Ecological Biology Ecosystem Science Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOB) Behavioral Systems Developmental Systems Environmental & Structural Systems Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB ) Biomolecular Systems Cellular Systems Genes and Genome Systems Emerging Frontiers (EF) Systematic Biology & Biodiversity Inventories Functional & Regulatory Systems Research Resources Human Resources Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) Plant Genome Research Program National Ecological Observatory Network
  • 5. How is BIO a distinctive model?
    • 1) Working across "boundaries" (clusters, divisions, directorates, agencies)
    • 2) One biology - ALL of biology within a single administrative unit with extensive cooperation and coordination
    • 3) Together, these allow us to focus on transformative research
  • 6. Funding Opportunities
    • Unsolicited Proposals in Disciplinary Programs
      • “ Regular” research grants including RUI
      • CAREER program
      • SGER and conference grants
      • Supplements for broadening participation and for enhancing research impacts
    • Solicited proposals for specific programs
      • RIG-CAA (BIO only)
      • Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)
      • Training grants- IGERT, REU sites, GK12
      • Priority areas (e.g., Cyberinfrastructure)
  • 7. Regular Research Grants
    • Unsolicited
    • Topics
      • BIO Directorate does not consider disease related research proposals.
      • BIO Directorate does not consider duplicate proposals unless you are a beginning investigator.
    • Research Programs and Clusters are described on the BIO web page.
  • 8. Visit the BIO Division Web Pages
  • 9. Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB)
    • Biomolecular Systems
      • Structure, function, dynamics, of biological molecules
    • Cellular Systems
      • Structure, function, and regulation of plant, animal and microbial cells, and their interactions
    • Genes and Genome Systems
      • Genomes and genetic mechanisms in all organisms
    Fundamental understanding of life processes at the molecular, subcellular, and cellular levels
  • 10. Division of Integrative Organismal Biology (IOB)
    • Behavioral Systems
      • Neurobiology, hormonal mechanisms, behavior, plant-animal interactions
    • Developmental Systems
      • Morphogenesis, embryogenesis,, differentiation, Neuroscience
    • Environmental & Structural Systems
      • Physiological ecology, sensation & movement, evolutionary genomics
    • Functional & Regulatory Systems
      • Physiology, immunology, functional morphology, neurophysiology
  • 11. Division of Environmental Biology (DEB)
    • Ecological Biology
      • Species interactions, community ecology, food webs, landscape ecology, paleoecology, co-evolution
    • Ecosystem Science
      • Whole-system processes, biogeochemistry, decomposition, productivity
    • Population and Evolutionary Processes
      • Population dynamics, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics, molecular population biology
    • Systematic Biology & Biodiversity Inventories
      • Plant and animal classification, systematics, phylogenetics, taxonomy, biodiversity
  • 12. Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI)
    • Human Resources
      • Research Experience for Undergraduates – Sites
      • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for minorities and in Biological Informatics
    • Research Resources
      • Biological Databases and Informatics
      • Biological Research Collections
      • Instrumentation and Instrument Development
      • Improvements in Field Stations & Marine Labs
  • 13. Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
    • Eligibility
      • untenured assistant professors
    • Features
      • Plans for research and education for five years
      • Minimum of $500,000 for five years in BIO
      • One deadline a year
      • Some CAREER awardees receive PECASE awards
    • Check the program announcement
  • 14. RUI: Research in Undergraduate Institutions
    • Objectives
      • To support high-quality research by faculty members of predominantly undergraduate institutions
      • To strengthen the research environment in academic departments that are oriented primarily toward undergraduate instruction
      • To promote the integration of research and education
    • Eligibility
      • Institution: NSF-supported fields, more undergrads than grads, <10 doctoral degrees/year,
      • Department: No Doctoral program or participation in such program
      • Investigator: Does not advise doctoral students
    • Proposal must include “RUI Impact” Statement
      • Describes the expected effects of the proposed research on the research and educational environment of the institution
  • 15. Integrative And Multiscale
  • 16. Some BIO Program Solicitations Research Training and Resources Broadening Participation
  • 17. Biological Databases and Informatics
    • Computational aspects funded in all programs in the BIO directorate
    • BDI focuses on generalizable applications and tools and solutions across biology areas
    • BDI covers all areas of biology, from ecoinformatics to microarrays
  • 18. Plant Genome Research Program
    • Overall Program Goals:
      • Support research on the structure, organization and function of plant genomes
      • Accelerate the acquisition and utilization of new knowledge and innovative technologies
      • Focus is on plants of economic importance and plant processes of potential economic value.
  • 19. The 2010 Project: FY2006 To determine the function of all genes in Arabidopsis thaliana by the year 2010
    • Arabidopsis Genome Sequenced, Dec 2000
    • NSF initiated the 2010 project in 2001
    • Emphasis Areas
      • Benchmarking the Gene Function
        • A function determined for the entire genome
      • Methods and Resources
        • Arabidopsis-specific
      • Exemplary Networks
        • Computational and experimental tools
    • Budget
      • Total
        • $25M
      • Projects
        • Up to $5M for up to 5 years
        • Resource projects no more than 3 years
  • 20. Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research (FIBR)
    • Supports integrative research that addresses major under-studied or unanswered questions in the biological sciences
    • Encourages the integration of scientific concepts and research tools from across disciplines including biology, math and the physical sciences, engineering, social sciences and the information sciences
  • 21. Other BIO-wide opportunities
    • Tree of Life
      • Systematics and classification of organisms
    • Ecology of Infectious Diseases (EID)
    • Research Coordination Networks (RCN)
      • Collaboration among scientists across geographic, disciplinary, and organizational boundaries, new research directions
    • Microbial Observatories (MO) and Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP)
    • Microbial Genome Sequencing
  • 22. REU: Research Experiences for Undergraduates - Sites
    • Provides support for a cohort of UG students who conduct individual research.
    • A well-defined common focus.
    • Goal: involve UG students who might not otherwise have the opportunity, particularly those from academic institutions where research programs are limited
    • Typically for 6 – 10 weeks in the summer
  • 23. Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs
    • Awards for research and training
    • Applicants choose sponsoring scientist and provide research/training plan
    • Two-year awards
    • Two opportunities
      • Minority Postdoctoral Fellowships
      • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biological Informatics
  • 24. MRI:Major Research Instrumentation Program
    • NSF wide program, BIO managed review
    • Supports acquisition of special purpose instrumentation used in research and research training
    • Awards for instrumentation will range from $100,000 to $2 million.
    • Deadline: 4th Thursday in January, annually
    • Program Announcement: NSF-05-515
  • 25. RIG-CAA: Research Initiation Grants and Career Advancement Awards to Broaden Participation in the Biological Sciences
    • Objective
      • To provide funding for PIs in order to broaden participation and to enhance opportunities to obtain competitive research funding
    • Eligibility
      • Faculty from underrepresented groups
      • Minority serving institutions
      • Others with plans to increase minority participation as PIs with research funding
    • Types
      • RIG – New Investigators
      • CAA – May have previous or current research funding
    • Budget
      • Includes $150k - 24 months, $25k equipment
  • 26. Award Supplement Opportunities
    • Research Experiences for K-12 Teachers (RET)
    • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
    • Research Opportunity Awards (ROA)
    • Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS)
    • International Research and Education Supplements
  • 27. Merit Review Criteria
    • The intellectual merit of the proposed activity
    • The broader impacts of the proposed activity
    NSF invests in the best ideas from the most capable people, determined by competitive merit review.
  • 28. Merit Review Criteria
    • The intellectual merit of the proposed activity
      • Potential to advancing knowledge and understanding within and across fields
      • Creativity and originality
      • Conceptualization and organization
      • Qualifications of investigators
      • Access to resources
  • 29. Merit Review Criteria
    • The broader impacts of the proposed activity
      • Promoting teaching, training and learning
      • Participation of underrepresented groups
      • Enhancement of infrastructure for research and education
      • Dissemination of results to enhance scientific and technological understanding
      • Benefits to society
  • 30. Getting Support in Proposal Writing
    • NSF Publications
      • Program Solicitations
      • Grant Proposal Guide
      • Web Pages
      • Funded Project Abstracts
      • Reports, Special Publications
    • Program Directors
      • Incumbent
      • Former “Rotators”
    • Successful Proposals
    • Mentors on Campus
    • Previous Panelists
    • Serving As A Reviewer
    • Sponsored Research Office
  • 31. NSF on the web- An indispensable resource www.nsf.gov