BIO-WIDE VIRTUAL OFFICE HOUR ON CHANGES IN THE NEW NSF PROPOSAL AND AWARD POLICIES AND PROCEDURES GUIDE

Join the Directorate for Biological Sciences for a BIO-wide Virtual Office Hour at 3:00 PM Eastern Time on October 26, 2021 on the changes in the new NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG, 22-1), which became effective on October 4, 2021.

Representatives from NSF’s Policy Office will present on the changes and be available for questions. 

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_udIs4ENmQxetfQUu4LSpeQ

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

As a reminder, the PAPPG is comprised of documents relating to the Foundation’s proposal and award process for the assistance programs of NSF. The PAPPG, in conjunction with the applicable standard award conditions incorporated by reference in the award, serve as the Foundation’s implementation of 2 CFR §200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

The new PAPPG (22-1) can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg22_1/nsf22_1.pdf and a list of changes begins on page 2 of the PDF.

Upcoming NSF Merit Review Survey

Next week, recent NSF applicants and reviewers will be emailed a survey link to provide feedback on their experience with the merit review process. Eligible individuals will be those who have submitted and/or reviewed proposals between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020. Results from this survey will help NSF understand critical elements of the merit review process, including perceptions of fairness, quality, satisfaction, and burden for individual directorates and NSF as a whole. In the past, survey findings led to improvements, such as revisions to reviewer training to enhance the quality of reviews used to make funding decisions.   

If you have submitted or reviewed a proposal within the past two years, check your inbox on October 19 for your personal link to the survey. Your feedback is a crucial to the ongoing improvement of the merit review process. If you do not see the email in your inbox, check you spam folder. Please reach out to MeritReviewSurvey@nsf.gov with questions.

This survey is sponsored by the Office of Integrative Activities, and survey invitations will come from Insight Policy Research, an independent contractor conducting the survey.  PI and reviewer participation is voluntary and confidential. This survey should take no more than 20 minutes. 

 Thank you in advance for helping us continually improve the NSF merit review process.

Meet DEB: Elizabeth Crowder, Simmone Deane, & Justin Lawrence

Elizabeth enjoying her research for her upcoming WWII novel

What is your name and role here at DEB? I’m Elizabeth Crowder and serve as a Program Assistant in the Division of Environmental Biology.

How did you find out about NSF? Space Camp—when I first indulged my awe of aeronautics, earth, and the universe. The wonder never left. I also love looking in muddy puddles, listening for the barred owl near my house, and watching the seasons change. Joining the Pathways Program at NSF was the perfect fit, allowing me to serve our country, indulge my curiosity about the natural world, and continue my studies.

Tell us a little about what you studied in school:

My educational background is as varied as the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands:

James Madison University, B.S., Political Science with two minors: American Studies and Psychology

Vanderbilt University, M.Ed., Higher Education Administration with a focus on Institutional Development

University of California at Berkeley – Currently pursuing a graduate certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning

Cats or Dogs? Can I pick dogs that act like cats? I would probably choose cats but most of my family is allergic to them, so we have a sweet little Havanese. I visit with the neighbor’s cat on occasion to enjoy feline felicitations.

If you could have any fictional character as your best friend, who would it be? Ooooh, that’s a good question. I’m going to go with Superman. He’s a handy person to have in a crisis, and I can just imagine his beautiful view of both earth and the cosmos, all without having to make an airline reservation.

Enjoying an afternoon off from my COVID-19 vaccination outreach efforts in Central Illinois; Summer 2021

Enjoying an afternoon off from my COVID-19 vaccination outreach efforts in Central Illinois; Summer 2021

What is your name and role here at DEB? My name is Simmone Deane and I am a new Program Assistant in DEB. I am learning the administrative support duties that Program Assistants handle before, during, and after panels.

How did you find out about NSF? I heard about NSF through a friend who currently works at the agency, with whom I served in the Peace Corps. NSF was not on my radar, but I am so glad that I have friends who share about opportunities in their agencies! It definitely worked in my favor! I’m excited to work for an agency that is ALL about science!

Tell us a little about what you studied in school: I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eastern Nazarene College followed by a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Kaplan University.

Cats or Dogs? I’m definitely a cat lover even though I have a cat allergy. However, some canine friends have softened me up a bit over the years.

If you could live in a fictional world, where would it be and why? It would have to be Wakanda! I love the rich conglomeration of cultures, scientific advancement, self-sufficiency, the strength, empowerment, and gender defying roles of the women, VIBRANIUM, and the beauty and traditions of the African continent. Having lived in Southern Africa for three years, Wakanda would be the perfect fit! Wakanda Forever!

Justin identifying insects in the research laboratory of Professor Vince Resh.

Justin identifying insects in the research laboratory of Professor Vince Resh.

Name and Cluster: Justin Lawrence, Ecosystem Science Cluster

Education: PhD Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley

Home Institution: Permanent NSF Program Officer (on detail from the Earth Sciences Division)

Tell us about your research:  I am inspired by the natural world and the diversity of life. My research adapts techniques from the fields of hydrology and geomorphology to better understand the ecology of aquatic insects. I like to think about how animals go with the flow and interact with landforms. Aquatic insects have personalities and are picky about their habitats, kind of like people and I think that’s neat!  I am also interested in the visual arts and exploring their potential for broadening participation in science.

Tell us about your NSF Experience/History:  I have been a Program Director in the NSF Earth Sciences Division since 2015 and have served on the management teams of a variety of programs including Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics (GLD), Hydrologic Sciences (HS), Critical Zone Collaborative Network, Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2), Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS), and Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES). Prior to this I was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the NSF Earth Sciences Division and an NSF-funded postdoctoral researcher in the Engineering Research Center for Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt).

What are you looking forward to in your tenure with DEB?  I am looking forward to building new relationships and trust with DEB teams that can lead to future partnerships. It is a privilege to be able to return to the area of science where I did my PhD work. I look forward to serving that community.

Upcoming Virtual Office Hours: Welcome to the Division of Environmental Biology 

Join us Monday, October 18th from 1pm-2pm ET for DEB’s next Virtual Office Hour. Program Officers will provide an introduction to the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) and the NSF review process. The core programs include Evolutionary Processes, Ecosystem Science, Population & Community Ecology, and Systematics & Biodiversity Science. Representatives from each of these programs will be available for questions, which can be on any DEB or NSF topic.  

To participate, please register, using the link below. Upcoming DEB Virtual Office Hours are announced ahead of time on DEBrief, so we suggest you also sign up for blog notifications.  

REGISTER HERE 

If you can’t make it to this or any future office hours, don’t worry! Come back to the blog afterwards, as we post recaps and the presentation slides of all office hour sessions. You can also visit our Office Hours homepage for slideshows and recaps of past topics.  

Virtual Office Hours are on the second Monday of every month from 1pm-2pm ET. Below is a list of upcoming dates and topics (subject to change), so be sure to add them to your calendars and register ahead of time!   

Upcoming Office Hours and Topics:  

October 18: Intro to DEB 

November 8: Updates on Dimensions of Biodiversity Research 

December 13: How to Write a Great Annual Report and Other Post-Award Actions 

January 10: Mid-Career Advancement Solicitation  

Virtual Panel Service: Expectations and How to Sign Up

DEB plans to continue holding virtual panels into the fall of 2021 and winter of 2022.  You may have already received an email asking about your availability and may be curious about what a virtual panel experience looks like. In terms of the proposal review process, it looks a lot like in-person service but with more frequent breaks, which we are finding necessary to reduce video conference fatigue. Let’s dive in!

Who serves on panels?

Panelists range in experience from post-doctoral scholars (rare, so don’t get your hopes up if you’re a postdoc) through the ranks to tenured faculty, museum curators, and other active researchers both inside and outside of universities. This means you need a Ph.D. and must be active in your field. 

Furthermore, we usually invite only individuals who have previously written ad hoc reviews for us. (An ad hoc reviewer is like a reviewer of a manuscript submitted to a journal. It’s a one-off review by someone who has expertise in the topic of a particular proposal.)

You can express your interest in serving as an ad hoc reviewer or panelist by visiting our website and signing up using our Reviewer Survey.

Recruitment

Program Officers review the content of each proposal and recruit panelists who are qualified to review the slate of proposals in a given panel. This can explain why you may be recruited for some panels and not others. We try our best to build diverse panels, with broad representation of genders, career stages, types of institution (e.g., Research-1, Primarily Undergraduate Institutions, Minority-Serving Institutions, museums), states (especially EPSCoR eligible), and membership in groups underrepresented in science. With respect to the latter, we rely on you to self-identify when you register with Fastlane or Grants.gov.

As noted above, before we recruit someone for panel service, we generally ask them to first serve as an ad hoc reviewer for at least one proposal so that they become familiar with the review process.

Before Panel Service

So, you’ve been asked and agreed to serve on a panel*. That’s great! You’ll receive an email (a “Charge Letter”), describing how to register for the panel. You need to register before you can access any of the proposals.

After lots of communication from the managing Program Officer, and after you’ve identified any conflicts of interests, you’ll be given your review assignments – usually 4-6 weeks prior to the panel dates.

Next, you’ll write your individual reviews for 8-14 proposals, evaluating the intellectual merit and broader impacts. These individual reviews are submitted before the panel starts. We recommend that reviews be submitted 3 to 5 days ahead of the panel’s start so that everyone — Program Officers and other panelists — has the chance to ponder the complete set of opinions on each proposal. (Note that you won’t be able to see the ad hoc or other panelists’ reviews until you’ve submitted all of your own assigned reviews.)

*We query for panelist availability through surveys sent to a subset of the community but just because you are surveyed doesn’t guarantee you’ll be asked to serve on a panel. There are many more qualified panelists than there are opportunities for panelists.

Day of Service

The panel is a multi-day discussion of each proposal’s intellectual merits and broader impacts. For each proposal in a DEB panel, at least two other panelists and multiple ad hoc reviewers will provide reviews. Panelists are expected to synthesize information from the other panelists as well as ad hoc reviewers, who typically contribute very specific expertise for each proposal. You and your fellow panelists will discuss each proposal and its ad hoc reviews. You’ll then come to a consensus and make a recommendation about its overall quality to NSF, which we call ‘priority rankings’.

How is the virtual panel experience different from the in-person experience?

A virtual panel can present new challenges in some ways but offer huge benefits in other ways.

Based on conversations with panelists over the years, we know that one of the best things about in-person panel service is meeting and interacting with Program Officers and fellow panelists over dinners and coffee breaks. Although panel dinners are pretty much impossible in the virtual world, we’ve made time for informal break-out sessions and sometimes ‘virtual meals’ (breakfast or lunch), during which panelists can chat with Program Officers and fellow panelists.

On the bright side, going virtual allows panelists who would have otherwise been unavailable (due to family obligations or other time constraints) to participate in panel service. We’ve seen virtual panels expand our community to include those who previously found the travel required for in-person panels too onerous or incompatible with family care.

We’ve also noted panelists’ dogs are enthusiastically supportive of the virtual format. Panelists’ cats remain indifferent.

How does serving on a virtual panel serve you?

  1. Each panel hosts a Q&A session with DEB senior leadership and representatives from the BIO Directorate Office of the Assistant Director. This is your chance to ask about upcoming funding opportunities and recent (or future) programmatic changes. Also, tell them what you think; they value your suggestions for how to improve the review processes or research opportunities to better serve your community.
  2. You gain insight into new and emergent science in your field.
  3. You learn about grantsmanship – what works and what doesn’t.
  4. You learn about the merit review process.
  5. You build networks of scientists working on similar projects with similar goals.
  6. It’s intellectually stimulating. We guarantee you’ll be pushed in new directions.
  7. You get paid*. It’s a modest amount — $200/day for virtual panels — but probably enough to do something special with those who support you. (*US Citizens and permanent residents).

Preparing for the New PAPPG

NSF’s Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide, or PAPPG (NSF 22-1), is a great resource for PIs and Sponsored Research Offices for questions about award management and proposal submissions (in conjunction with a solicitation, of course). The newest version of the PAPPG (NSF 22-1) is now live and will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after October 4, 2021. Significant changes include: 

• A new section covering requests for reasonable accessibility accommodations regarding the proposal process or requests for accessibility accommodations to access NSF’s electronic systems, websites and other digital content; 

• A table titled “NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support”. This table identifies where pre- and post-award current and pending support disclosure information must be provided. Proposers and awardees should begin using this table immediately; 

• Increasing the page limit for the biographical sketch from two to three pages;  

• Updates to the current and pending support section of NSF proposals to require that information is provided on objectives and how they overlap with other projects. The goal is to allow for NSF and reviewers to assess overlap/duplication; 

• Adding planning proposals and Career-Life Balance supplemental funding requests as new types of submissions; 

• Travel proposals will require that Authorized Organizational Representatives (AORs) certify that prior to the proposer’s participation in the meeting for which NSF travel support is being requested, the proposer will assure that the meeting organizer has a written policy or code-of-conduct addressing harassment. 

Additionally, the Directorate of Biological Sciences will be hosting an Office Hour on October 26th at 3 PM ET. Representatives from NSF’s Policy Office will present on the changes and be available for questions.  

Register in advance for this webinar: 
https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_udIs4ENmQxetfQUu4LSpeQ 
  

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

As a reminder, the PAPPG is comprised of documents relating to the Foundation’s proposal and award process for the assistance programs of NSF. The PAPPG, in conjunction with the applicable standard award conditions incorporated by reference in the award, serve as the Foundation’s implementation of 2 CFR §200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 

9/13/2021 Virtual Office Hours Recap – Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology

The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) held its latest Virtual Office Hour on September 13, 2021. Program Officers provided an introduction to the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) Solicitation (NSF 21-614).  Representatives from the PRFB program were available for questions.  

We host these office hours from 1-2 pm Eastern Time on the 2nd Monday of every month. Each session has a designated theme, but attendees are welcome to ask about other NSF-related topics.

The presentation and other documents are available here:

Slides (PDF)

PAPPG 22-1 (effective 10/4/21)

If you were unable to attend, here are a few of the questions asked during the Q&A section. Many of the questions we received were duplicates from past virtual office hours, so we encourage you to check out our Office Hour page, where we have recaps on a variety of topics:

Q: What are the major changes from this year’s solicitation?

A: There are two major changes compared to last year’s solicitation. This year, applicants are not eligible for this fellowship if they have worked in any position that requires the doctoral degree for a combined total of more than 15 full time months prior to the deadline. This is a change from last year’s 12 full months criterion. Additionally, this year, you are not required to have a reference letter from the applicant’s doctoral advisor but are still required to have 2 total letters of reference.

Q: Are postdoctoral fellowships available to other doctorate degrees not just Ph.Ds?

A: Yes. Holders of a MD or DVM are eligible to apply. However, this is entirely dependent on the question the applicant is trying to answer. These fellowships are for researchers focusing on questions that are grounded in basic science and not medical or biomedical.

Q: What postdoctoral opportunities are available to non-US citizens?

A: We suggest you reach out to the postdoctoral affairs office in your home institution. They have a lot of great resources available. We also suggest you check out the National Postdoctoral Association’s webpage as they also have a lot of resources.  

Q: For Areas 1 & 2, does a significant amount of international field work qualify for a 3-year fellowship, if the sponsoring lab is in the US? Or does the sponsoring lab need to be abroad to qualify?

A: Yes, if you have international field work that will be the equivalent of a year in a foreign county you could qualify for a 3-year fellowship. You do not need to have a sponsor lab in the host country. Additionally, you can have more than one mentor, one of which could be internationally located.

Q: If awarded, could I defer in any capacity?

A: If awarded, you can defer up to June first of the following year to start the award. Additionally, you can defer for medical/military reasons or for paid teaching. It would be best to contact a Program Officer if you are thinking of deferring the award.

Q: Are there examples of past awards that were funded on the website anywhere?

A: You can do an awards search using the key term “PRFB” to find out what types of awards have been made in the past. Please keep in mind this does not provide you with the complete proposal but the award abstract and other information.

Q: Are these fellowships available for study at international universities for the entire fellowship?

A: Yes.

Q: For Area 1, would it count if the applicant is an underrepresented group within Biology?

A: You do not need to be an underrepresented group within biology to apply under Area 1. That being said, Area 1 really focuses on activities to promote broadening participation of underrepresented groups explicitly at the postdoctoral level. Please reach out to a Program Officer about your specific idea if you have more questions.  

We also encourage you to check out last year’s PRFB virtual office hour recap here where we answered more questions. Remember that there is a new solicitation this year, so any solicitation specific questions from last year’s office hours could be out of date.

Please reach out to a Program Officer 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 hours will be held October 18, 2021, from 1-2pm Eastern Time and will provide an introduction to the Division of Environmental Biology.

Upcoming Office Hours and Topics:

October 18: Intro to DEB

November 8: Updates on Dimensions of Biodiversity Research

December 13: How to Write a Great Annual Report and Other Post Award Actions

January 10: Mid-Career Advancement Solicitation

Meet DEB: Judy Stone

Judy finds a big white pine. 

Name and Cluster: My name is Judy Stone and I’m excited to work with the Evolutionary Process Cluster. 

Education: University of Michigan (BF), Yale University (MSF), Stony Brook University (PhD) 

Home Institution: Colby College 

Tell us about your research:  I’ve focused on the evolution of plant mating, especially the breakdown of self-incompatibility (SI) systems, which permit recognition and rejection of self-pollen.  SI systems are subject to loss-of-function mutations, and I’m curious about the genetic and ecological circumstances that dictate the fate of such mutations.  Breakdown of SI is common across the tree of life, and it radically impacts genomes as ancestrally outcrossing species commence self-fertilization.  The breakdown of SI is also interesting as it entails a conflict between female and male function.  Whereas female function may benefit from choosiness, any mutation that expands access to fertilization by sperm should be favored.  In a nascent project, I’m seeking to discover how often male-side mutations initiate breakdown of SI in Witheringia solanacea, a tropical species with frequent breakdown of SI.  In addition to this core research focus, I’ve enjoyed side projects in conservation genetics, and I’m currently exploring phylogenetic systematics of the genus Witheringia. 

Tell us about your NSF Experience/History:  To me, the NSF represents inspiration.  I vividly remember submitting my first proposal – for a dissertation improvement grant – with my dreams and aspirations contained with that manila envelope (!).  As I’ve progressed through my career, the NSF has allowed me to develop new skills and to support dozens of students in the lab and in fieldwork in Costa Rica.  When I was a newly minted assistant professor, I was lucky enough to be invited to serve on a review panel, which is when my appreciation for the NSF truly began to flourish.  It is thrilling for me to witness the inventiveness of our community of scientists, and it’s heartening to see the care with which their ideas are considered. 

What are you looking forward to in your tenure here at NSF?  I’m excited to keep learning about the forefront of science in evolutionary biology, and I’m looking forward to working with such a wonderful collaborative team. 

Meet DEB: Colin Orians, Jeremy Wojdak, and Shannon Fehlberg

Colin taking a break from field work in Costa Rica.

Name and Cluster: My name is Colin Orians and I am excited to join the Population and Community Ecology cluster as a rotating Program Officer.

Education: BA, Earlham College; PhD, The Pennsylvania State University

Home Institution: Tufts University

Tell us about your research: I am a global change biologist and my primary research agenda explores the performance of plants in natural and managed systems in response to climate change and interacting herbivores (native and exotic). The empirical work is guided by theory, and we strive to identify the underlying mechanisms behind plant responses to stressors. We work in both temperate and tropical systems, and our projects span from basic biology to coupled natural human systems.

Why do you want to serve with NSF?  There is so much great science being done, often at the boundaries of different disciplines, and to be part of the funding process within and across fields is exciting. Moreover, I have very much enjoyed serving on panels, meeting colleagues and exploring the frontiers of our fields.  I have learned so much in the process so look forward to creating similar opportunities for others. Lastly, as a recipient of NSF grants, I wanted to give back to the community.

What are you looking forward to in your tenure here at NSF? I look forward to working with my cluster mates, interacting with staff and program officers throughout BIO, and connecting with colleagues across the country. 

Jeremy (right) meets a fellow hiker.

Name and Cluster: 

Hello! My name is Jeremy Wojdak (pronounced “whoa-jack”) and I’m a new rotating Program Officer in the Population and Community Ecology Cluster.

Education: 

I received a BS from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a PhD from Michigan State University while working at the Kellogg Biological Station.

Home Institution: 

I’ve been on the Biology faculty at Radford University, a primarily undergraduate institution in Virginia, since 2004.

Tell us about your research: 

I study species interactions in freshwater ecosystems, and specifically predator-prey and host-parasite interactions.  I didn’t consciously plan it this way, but the unifying theme across projects has been looking for context-dependent features of species interactions that emerge with increasing community complexity.  How do alternative hosts mediate parasite transmission through a focal host species?  How do predator assemblages combine to determine prey’s risk of mortality?  These are the kinds of questions that most interest me – questions at the edge of where reductionism as an approach to science starts to break down. 

My other professional focus emerged from spending a lot of time in classrooms – I’ve been creating faculty development experiences and open educational classroom resources to support undergraduate quantitative biology education and equitable and inclusive educational experiences for STEM students.

Why do you want to serve with NSF? 

Every step of my educational and professional life has in some way been supported by the National Science Foundation; countless people invested their time and energy to provide opportunities that I just stepped into.  To say I feel a debt would be an understatement. I look forward to helping NSF identify and support the next waves of scientific discovery and quality STEM education, and the people that make all that happen.

What are you looking forward to in your tenure here at NSF? 

I’m excited to interact with the diverse cadre of NSF colleagues, proposers, PIs, and panelists that make the merit review process work so well. There are very few environments so rich with ambitious, creative, and dare I say, transformative, ideas.

Shannon amongst the cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Name and Cluster:

My name is Shannon Fehlberg, and I’m a rotating Program Officer in the Systematics and Biodiversity Science Cluster.

Education:

I have an M.S. degree in Biology from the University of Colorado, Denver; Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder; and a post-doc from Kansas State University, Manhattan.

Home Institution:

My home institution is the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. I work in the Research, Conservation, and Collections department, which has 20 staff working in a variety of scientific, collections-based, and outreach roles.

Tell us about your research:

My research focuses on observed patterns in and potential mechanisms driving the evolutionary diversification of plants. In particular, I am interested in rapid diversification that results in a number of closely related lineages with varying amounts of similarities and differences in genetics, morphology, geographic distribution, and ecological niche. I use established and emerging genetic tools at the population and species levels and consider the role of mechanisms such as whole genome duplication (polyploidy), hybridization, selection, and range shifts resulting from past climate oscillations. My work primarily examines members of the genus Phlox, several genera in the cactus family, a clonal wetland plant, and invasive Tamarix. As a researcher at a botanical garden, I am often seeking knowledge that will contribute to conservation efforts.

Why do you want to serve with NSF?

Receiving NSF funding early in my career played a critical role in my development as a scientist. I want to help members of my research community experience that same benefit. I’m also eager to learn more about current research across all biological fields and see the most cutting-edge ideas and approaches for advancing scientific knowledge.

What are you looking forward to in your tenure here at NSF?

I’m looking forward to working with the dedicated and talented people in my cluster and division. Furthermore, understanding how the review process works on a deeper level and expanding my knowledge of the numerous programs and initiatives across the Foundation will enrich my perspective for opportunities in science and enable me to share this perspective with others. Finally, I’m excited to experience all the rich historical and cultural activities in the Washington DC area.

Upcoming Virtual Office Hours: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology

Join us Monday, September 13 from 1-2PM Eastern Time for DEB’s next Virtual Office Hour. Program Officers will provide an introduction to the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) Solicitation (NSF 20-602). Representatives from the PRFB program will be available for questions. 

To participate, please register, using the link below. Upcoming DEB Virtual Office Hours are announced ahead of time on DEBrief, so we suggest you also sign up for blog notifications

REGISTER HERE

If you can’t make it to this or any future office hours, don’t worry! Come back to the blog afterwards, as we post recaps and the presentation slides of all office hour sessions. You can also visit our Office Hours homepage for slideshows and recaps of past topics. 

Virtual Office Hours are on the second Monday of every month from 1pm-2pm Eastern Time. Below is a list of upcoming dates and topics (subject to change), so be sure to add them to your calendars and register ahead of time!  

Upcoming Office Hours and Topics: 

September 13: BIO Postdoc Fellowship Program

October 18: Intro to DEB and the DEB Core Programs Solicitation

November 8: Updates on Dimensions of Biodiversity Research

December 13: How to Write a Great Annual Report and Other Post-Award Actions

January 10: TBD