Webinars for New EPSCoR Funding Opportunities

The NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) will host upcoming webinars for two new EPSCoR funding opportunities, EPSCoR Collaborations for Optimizing Research Ecosystems Research Infrastructure Improvement Program (E-CORE RII) and EPSCoR Research Incubators for STEM Excellence Research Infrastructure Improvement Program (E-RISE RII).  Please register to attend the webinar using the link below for the respective webinar date.

E-CORE RII and E-RISE RII submissions must be from institutions or organizations in one of the 28 states or territories that meet the EPSCoR eligibility criteria.

E-CORE RII (NSF-23-587) Webinar
Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern Time  
Register here:
https://nsf.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItcu-qrjIpE0DTXvTVllsUr1Hj8wVqa_g

E-RISE RII (NSF 23-588) Webinar
Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Register here:
https://nsf.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsde2spzsjG0PnxChCe-HGJYovkvBxtwo

Registrants will receive a confirmation email with details for how to join the meeting.

Please share this webinar invitation with others in your community who may be interested in attending.  

E-CORE questions may be directed to EPSCoR-CORE@nsf.gov.

E-RISE questions may be directed to EPSCoR-RISE@NSF.gov

Attention all science lovers and comic book enthusiasts!  

The National Science Foundation will be at AwesomeCon June 16-18, 2023, and we’ve got some seriously cool stuff in store for you.  

Visit our booth to chat with experts in the field and watch live demonstrations that will blow your mind! From squishy circuits to dry ice experiments, you won’t want to miss a second of the action! But wait, there’s more! We’re also giving away exclusive swag that you won’t find anywhere else!  

If science talks are your thing, we also have a few panels scheduled: 

So, mark your calendars and come join us at AwesomeCon. We can’t wait to see you there! 

LIFE: Leveraging Innovations From Evolution Scoping Workshops 

NSF is partnering with KnowInnovation to host two LIFE Scoping Workshops (one in-person and one virtual) that will bring together diverse scientists to think on specific research challenges and opportunities, including technological and educational training needs, that leverage convergent evolution to investigate the evolution of innovation and adaptive traits. 

If you are eager to engage with diverse researchers to spark creative paths forward to advance our understanding of LIFE, join us! We encourage researchers with interest and expertise in a variety of fields, including but not limited to, biochemistry, molecular biology, systematics, bioengineering, computational biology, developmental biology, mathematics, biomechanics, physical scientists, integrative biologists, ecologists, and cellular biology. 

Major goals of the LIFE events: 

Jumpstart ideas, build new networks and teams, and outline the most exciting areas of research, including the needs, strategies, and recommendations, to enable scientific advancements that leverage natural systems to help us more efficiently and effectively understand life and engineer new and sustainable technologies that power our economy and ensure a resilient planet. 

Dates, Times, and Registration Information 
The in-person Scoping Workshop will be held August 14-16, 2023 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The virtual Scoping Workshop will be held September 11, 13, 14, 2023 from 10am – 4pm ET each day. Each event will have 60 selected participants from the applications. 

Application deadline for the scoping workshops is June 5, 2023 by End of Day. You can apply for the Scoping Workshops HERE. 

More Information 
A virtual Town Hall was held on May 15, 2023 to discuss the workshop goals and event logistics. The recording of that event and the presented slides are available on the workshop webpage. You are encouraged to watch the recording as it can provide more context to the workshop purpose, logistics, and application process. 

Visit here to learn more and apply to participate. 

For additional information, please contact Leslie Rissler at lrissler@nsf.gov

  

Listening Sessions to Promote Public Access in the Year of Open Science

NSF recently completed its Public Access 2.0 (PA2) plan at the direction of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the “Nelson” Memorandum, that was issued last August.  OSTP is mandating a variety of new awardee reporting requirements to be implemented by NSF and other funding agencies by 2025.

The NSF Public Access and Open Science Working Group is hosting a series of stakeholder webinars to share information and hear from NSF staff and community members to inform ongoing planning efforts. Check out the session for GEO and BIO community members in June!

Start : June 16, 2023 1:00 pm

End : June 16, 2023 2:00 pm

Room/Location: https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_ccHxTvYJTNSDRuIV3VWwAQ

Description: External Listen and Learn Session for GEO and BIO Directorates

2023 Summer Meeting Schedule  

DEB representatives will be attending and staffing a booth at both the Evolution conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June and the Ecological Society of America (ESA) conference in Portland, Oregon in August. Come and stop by the NSF exhibitor booth and chat with staff and Program Officers. We’re ready to talk about the latest NSF news and funding opportunities. We will also be sending representatives to various other conferences and meetings listed below.  

ConferenceAttending Program Officer(s)
American Society of Microbiology Andrea Porras-Alfaro 
Evolution Meeting Allen Moore, Paco Moore, Kimberly Hughes, Judy Stone, Sam Scheiner, Maureen Kearney 
American Ornithological Society Matt Carling, Chris Balakrishnan 
Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Matt Fujita 
Botanical Society of America Shannon Fehlberg, Judy Stone, Kari Segraves 
Mycological Society of America Andrea Porras-Alfaro, Cathie Aime 
Ecological Society of America Doug Levey, Robyn Smyth, Kirsten Schwarz, Bernice Smith 

2023 NSF CAREER Program Informational Webinar

NSF is providing information on the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program solicitation NSF 22-586 at a webinar on Thursday, May 25, 2023, starting at 3:00 PM Eastern time.

The NSF-wide CAREER program supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

This webinar will include a briefing on the CAREER program and key solicitation requirements followed by a question and answer session.

Please review the CAREER program solicitation and FAQs before the webinar.

To join the CAREER webinar, register here in advance.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing details about joining the webinar.

Live captions will be available via Zoom. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in the webinar, please email rarequest@nsf.gov in advance.

And if you can’t attend that webinar, be sure and check out our past Virtual Office Hour recap and presentations here.

Join BIO for a Virtual Office Hour on Broader Impacts

Special Guest: Susan Renoe, PhD, Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS)

Join NSF’s Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, from 2pm to 3pm ET for a virtual office hour on broader impacts. BIO Program Directors and staff will be joined by special guest Susan Renoe, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Missouri and Executive Director of the NSF-funded Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) (OIA-1810732).

Dr. Renoe will discuss how to make your Broader Impacts plans have impact and provide helpful resources to use when thinking about the broader impacts of your research.

Register for the June 7 VOH

Resources to get you started

If you want to brush up on the topic before the VOH, check out the ARIS website and ARIS Broader Impacts Toolkit.

Previous blog posts on Broader Impacts can be found HERE and HERE.

About ARIS

The Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society seeks to amplify the impacts of research by supporting investigators from diverse fields and partnering with NSF and other organizations aligned with ARIS’s vision to prioritize research impacts for the benefit of society.

To accomplish its mission, ARIS has several major strategic initiatives in progress, including the Program to Enhance Organizational Research Impact Capacity (ORIC). ORIC brings together cohorts of institutions and organizations chosen through a competitive application process to receive training, resources and mentorship that will allow them to substantially enhance their internal capacity to support research impact.

ARIS has developed a suite of helpful and frequently used planning tools, called the BI Toolkit. The toolkit now includes the BI Guiding Principles document, BI Planning checklist, the BI Wizard, and the BI Evaluation Rubric.

ARIS is also creating a Broader Impacts Certification & MicroCredential program. When complete, the program will include six modules: BI Foundations, writing an Effective BI Plan, Faculty Development in BI, Building Strong Partnerships, Broadening Participation through BI and Evaluating BI.

ARIS also offers custom training for institutions in addition to trainings that are open to all. ARIS shares resources and news with the more than 1,500 community members who subscribe to the ARIS newsletter.

5/8/23 Virtual Office Hours Recap: CAREER Solicitation

The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) held its latest Virtual Office Hour on May 8, 2023. Program Officers discussed the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). We host these office hours 1-2pm EST on the 2nd Monday of every month. There is a designated theme each time, but attendees are welcome to ask about other NSF-related topics. Program Officers (POs) from different research areas are present at each Virtual Office Hour, so a wide range of scientific perspectives are represented.

The presentation and other documents are available here:

Slides (PDF)

PAPPG 23-1

DEB Core Programs Solicitation

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Solicitation

If you were unable to attend, here are some of the questions asked during the Q & A section:

Does the CAREER solicitation require the inclusion of the Safe and Inclusive Work Environments (SAIF) Plan upon submission?

No. The current requirements for including SAIF plans are solicitation specific. DEB’s core solicitation does require the submission of a SAIF Plan, but the Agency-wide CAREER solicitation does not. More information on the SAIF Plans and which solicitations do require its inclusion can be found here.

Can you clarify who is eligible to apply for a CAREER Award in terms of any requirements for teaching load/responsibilities? If a researcher is employed by a non-profit research organization that does not require teaching, are they eligible?

Tenure-Track Equivalency – For a position to be considered a tenure-track-equivalent position, it must meet all of the following requirements: (1) the employee has a continuing appointment that is expected to last the five years of a CAREER grant; (2) the appointment has substantial research and educational responsibilities; and (3) the proposed project relates to the employee’s career goals and job responsibilities as well as to the mission of the department or organization. As stated in the Proposal Preparation Instructions, for non-tenure-track faculty, the Departmental Letter must affirm that the investigator’s appointment is at an early-career level equivalent to pre-tenure status, and the Departmental Letter must clearly and convincingly demonstrate how the faculty member’s appointment satisfies all the above requirements of tenure-track equivalency.

Faculty members who are Associate Professors or in equivalent appointments, with or without tenure, are not eligible for the CAREER program. Faculty members who hold Adjunct Faculty or equivalent appointments are not eligible for the CAREER program.

When is it recommended that we contact POs? Should we always check with POs about the topics we are planning on submitting or only if we have an unusual circumstance/specific question?

Try to find answers to your questions in the PAPPG, solicitation, and/or on the website and if you don’t understand what you’ve found, or have a specific question about your project, please reach out to a Program Officer. It’s also natural to reach out after the review process if you have questions about your feedback. It’s good practice to send one email to multiple program officers if you want to speak with more than one PO or program. This way we can coordinate to set up a meeting or conversation.

Are there current funding priorities for the CAREER? Are urgent issues/crisis issues given priority? e.g., climate change, conservation etc.

We’re looking for you to fill key gaps in knowledge but there is no specific priority. There are many solicitations that call for specific priorities, but the CAREER solicitation and our core solicitation do not.

What is the best practice for differentiating “Integrating Teaching” and “Broader Impacts”? Should the Broader Impacts be directed to the community outside the university?

The bar for integration is higher in CAREERs as the primary research goals should be connected to the teaching. Very often there is an overlap with integration of teaching and broader impacts, but often there are additional broader impacts outside of the university such as taking advantage of local opportunities and what is going on in your university. Consider reviewing previous awards using the awards search on NSF.gov to look at abstracts for awards that may be able to help you see what has been successful in the past.

Are DEB CAREER proposals reviewed in a panel format, or do the Program Officers also use hoc reviewers?

In DEB, all CAREER proposals go to panel and the majority will also have ad hoc reviews.

Additional questions can be found here on our previous recap post.   

Please reach out to a PO if you have any questions about the proposal submission and review process in DEB programs. NSF has suggested 5 tips on working with Program Officers as part of the NSF 101 series on our Science Matters blog.

Check out the upcoming office hour topics below and be sure to check back here or on the NSF Events Page for information on how to register. Our next virtual office hour will be hosted by our colleagues in MCB and held June 7, 2023, from 2-3pm Eastern Time where they will be discussing Broader Impacts. Please note that this is a different time and date from our normal schedule and will require separate registration to attend. Click here to register for that event.

Upcoming Office Hours and Topics:                  

June 7* 2-3pm: Let’s Talk Broader Impacts hosted by MCB

July: No Virtual Office Hour

August 14: Partnership to Advance Conservation Science and Practice (PACSP) Update

September 11: Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science (MSB-NES)

October 16*: Welcome to DEB

November 13: TBD

December 11: Introduction to the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP)

*indicates change of date from regular schedule

Commercial Satellite Data available to NSF-Funded Researchers

A new Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) announces the availability of high-quality commercial Earth observation data to all NSF-funded researchers at no additional cost through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Commercial SmallSat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program.

To inform and assist interested researchers, this DCL describes the process for gaining access to this imagery, the currently available datasets, and related training resources.

Check out the Dear Colleague Letter: Availability of Earth Observation Data for NSF-Funded Researchers for full terms and conditions and how to apply.

You’ll need to update your NSF Reviewer Profile and here’s why

NSF has integrated previously separate ID information under a single NSF ID. Now, panelists will be required to manage, update, and verify their profile information including contact information, institutional information, and demographics. Please see Research.gov Account Management – Reviewer for further information and training resources. In addition, gender response options have been added to the demographic selection to be more inclusive and accurate.

  • Who is now integrated into the NSF ID?*
    • Principal Investigators (PIs),
    • Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Applicants and Fellows,
    • Administrative and Coordinating Officials, and
    • Panelists.

*Integration of ad hoc reviewer IDs is coming soon and any changes to the NSF ID profile will not update your ad hoc reviewer ID information.

Overview of NSF ID Account Creation and Update Process for Panelists

  1. You will receive a unique invitation code via email from noreply@nsf.gov when NSF program staff adds you to a panel.
  2. Open Research.gov and select the Register function at the top of the Research.gov screen to create a new NSF account and to obtain an assigned NSF ID.
    1. Note: If you have an existing NSF account in Research.gov, skip step 2. Each individual user of NSF system, (e.g., Research.gov) should not have more than one NSF ID per Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (Chapter I.G.3.).
  3. Sign into Research.gov with your credentials.
  4. Access the Provide Reviewer Profile Information link under Reviews & Meetings on the Research.gov homepage.
  5. Enter the unique invitation code from an email and follow the five-step wizard to provide reviewer profile information. Once this one-time process has been completed, you can proceed with all other panel activities.
  6. Sign into FastLane Panelist Functions with the credentials included in the Panelist letter email from program staff. There are no changes currently for signing into FastLane Panelist Functions.
  7. You can access the FastLane Panel Review System for review activities as soon as you receive Panelist letter from program staff.
    1. You must complete the one-time process to provide their reviewer profile information in order to register for the meeting via “Meeting Sign-In” after completing “Travel and Reimbursement” in the FastLane Travel and Reimbursement System.
    1. If you have already integrated your reviewer ID from a previous panel, please verify that all information is accurate, and update as needed. Any recent updates to your PI profile will not be incorporated to your NSF ID profile and it is therefore important to review this information for inaccuracies.