DEB Supplements Reminder


It’s that time of year again when we remind our active grantees about the education and broadening participation supplements available to DEB awards.

We have recently updated our supplement descriptions. Additional details on the components to include in each type of supplement request and information on budgets can also be found on our supplements webpage.

Target Date:

Requests for this set of DEB supplements (RET, RAHSS, ROA, REU) should be submitted by the third Tuesday in January annually. This is a target date, requests beyond the target date will be considered only as budgets allow. Supplement requests must be submitted through FastLane.

Supplement Types:

  • Research Experiences for Teachers (RET)
  • Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS)
  • Research Opportunity Awards (ROA)
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Other types of supplement requests should be discussed with your program officer. If you have any additional questions, please contact the relevant DEB Program (check the DEB staff listings on the NSF website).

Eligibility:

Supplements are only available to PIs and co-PIs with active DEB awards. Please note that some of the special programs accept supplement requests, and others do not. If your program is not listed here, and/or if you have questions about supplement eligibility for your current award, please contact your cognizant Program Officer.

Program RET RAHSS ROA REU
Core DEB Y Y Y Y
CNH and CNH2 N N N N
Dimensions of Biodiversity N N N N
EEID Y Y Y Y
Genealogy of Life Y Y Y Y
LTREB Y Y Y Y
MSB-NES Y Y Y Y

Before submitting a supplement request, review the guidance for that specific type of supplement and keep the following in mind:

  • no supplements can be awarded if there are any overdue project reports associated with anyone on the award including Co-PIs and all members of a collaborative,
  • supplemental funds generally must be expended by the expiration date of the original award
  • the IRB/IACUC documentation must be up-to-date and include the timeframe of the supplement
  • if the award budget already included Participant Support funds to support students or teachers, you must clearly explain the extenuating circumstances leading to the request for more such funding
  • as budgets allow, DEB typically provides funds for one REU student per year, but will consider supporting two REU students if the PI can demonstrate a unique opportunity for broadening participation from traditionally underrepresented groups in the biological sciences.

 

BIO Program Officers at AGU


The Divisions of Environmental Biology (DEB) and of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) will be attending the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco, California next week, December 9-13.

Come and stop by the NSF exhibitor booth to chat with staff and Program Officers. Note that the booth will also have representatives from Geosciences (GEO). We are ready to talk about the latest NSF news and funding opportunities.

DEB and DBI programs will also be represented at a session on Wednesday, December 11 from 9am-12pm entitled, “Navigating the NSF System.” A short presentation will be followed by one-on-one time with Program Officers. It’s good for experienced as well as new PIs.

We hope to see you there!

Event details:

Wednesday, December 11, 9am-12pm

@ Moscone South, Lower Lobby – Room 4

https://www.agu.org/Events/FM19-Navigating-the-NSF-system

DEB and DBI representatives attending AGU:

Montona Futrell-Griggs, DBI, NEON

Matthew Kane, DEB Ecosystems & MSB-NES

Kendra McLauchlan, DEB Ecosystems & Navigating the New Arctic & LTREB

Roland Roberts, DBI, NEON

John Schade, DEB Ecosystems & LTER

 

 

Join Us for DEB Virtual Office Hours


Join us December 9th from 1pm-2pm EST for the Division of Environmental Biology’s (DEB) first Virtual Office Hour. We will provide an introduction to DEB and the Core Program solicitation (NSF 20-502 ). Representatives from each of the four clusters will be available to introduce their program, followed by a brief discussion on the proposal submission and review process. There will then be an open question and answer period – questions can be on any NSF or DEB topic.

Join us remotely and bring your questions! Please use the registration link below to set up your participation in our Virtual Office Hour. Future DEB Virtual Office Hours will be communicated through DEBrief, so sign up for blog notifications for reminders. Also, follow us on the NSF Biology Twitter account (@NSF_BIO) for alerts about the DEB Virtual Office Hours.

REGISTER HERE

If you can’t make it to this or any future office hours, don’t worry! Simply revisit the DEB Blog as we will be posting a recap of our discussion and frequently asked questions. Below is a list of upcoming dates and topics, so be sure to add them to your calendars!

Upcoming Office Hours and Topics

December 9: Intro to DEB/Submission and Review process

January 13: Integration Institutes

February 10: Rules of Life vs. Understanding Rules of Life

March 9: RAPID/EAGER/workshops

April 13: OPUS

May 11: CAREERs

June 8: BIO Postdoc Program

 

From The AD: New Funding Opportunities for Understanding the Rules of Life


Dear Colleagues,

BIO is excited to announce to the biological sciences community two new funding opportunities under the Understanding the Rules of Life (URoL) Big Idea: 1) Epigenetics and 2) Microbiome Theory and Mechanisms (MTM). The URoL Big Idea seeks to create a new paradigm at the convergence of science, engineering, and technology that will elucidate theoretical frameworks (rules) to enable prediction of the diversity of evolutionary solutions that biological systems use to support life processes seen across the planet. The National Science Foundation has recently invested $36 million in the first projects under the URoL portfolio from two separate solicitations and across more than thirty institutions.

The Epigenetics and MTM opportunities represent a collaboration across Directorates and Offices within the National Science Foundation. Specifically, Epigenetics intends to enable innovative research and promote multidisciplinary education and workforce training in the broad area of epigenetics, while MTM aims to understand and establish theory and mechanisms that govern the structure and function of microbiomes.

Integrative perspectives and research approaches from more than one research discipline are welcomed, as this is a cross-Directorate effort. The interdisciplinary scope of both programs aims to provide unique training and outreach opportunities to train the next generation of scientists in a diversity of scientific approaches and to engage society more generally.

Both programs offer two submission tracks:

  • Track 1 – for projects with a total budget of up to $500,000 and an award duration of up to 3 years, and
  • Track 2 – for projects with a total budget of up to $3,000,000 and award duration of up to 5 years.

For complete details on deadlines and submission guidelines, refer to the Epigenetics program website or contact the Epigenetics Team (epigen@nsf.gov), and the MTM program website or the MTM Team (microbiome@nsf.gov).

BIO looks forward to continuing working on this cross-Directorate venture.

Sincerely,
Image of the signature of Dr. Joanne Tornow, Assistant Director for Biological Sciences
Joanne Tornow, PhD
Assistant Director for Biological Sciences

New Funding Opportunity for Navigating the New Arctic


The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) is pleased to announce the new solicitation (NSF 20-514) for the Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) program. NNA is one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas and represents a unique opportunity to position our nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership.

It is challenging to predict the future of the Arctic for three reasons: (1) it is changing very rapidly, (2) there are large gaps in scientific observations, and (3) natural, built, and social systems are highly interdependent. Understanding and adapting to a changing Arctic will require creative new directions for Arctic-related research, education, workforce development, and leveraging of science, engineering, and technology advances from outside the Arctic. Consequently, NNA is an initiative that seeks to address the challenges and opportunities of a changing Arctic by supporting new, diverse, integrative research communities.

Proposals must address a question on the interactions between at least two of the following:

  1. The natural environment,
  2. The built environment, and
  3. Social systems.

Proposals may be submitted in one of two tracks.

  • Track 1 Research Grants target far-reaching, creative proposals for fundamental research that tackle convergent science challenges related to the rapidly changing Arctic. Research Grants will have a budget of no more than $3,000,000 and a maximum duration of 5 years.
  • Track 2 Planning Grants target proposals to support planning activities leading to research team formation and capacity-building. Planning Grants will have a budget of no more than $250,000 and a maximum duration of 24 months.

An important goal of NNA is to bring in new researchers who have not previously worked in the Arctic. Research taking place north of the Arctic Circle is not required to be eligible for NNA. Previous awards made during Fiscal Year 2019 can be found here.

For additional information and upcoming events about NNA, please visit the solicitation and program website, or reach out to the Program Directors on the NNA Working Group at nna@nsf.gov, or Kendra McLauchlan, the NNA BIO representative, at kmclauch@nsf.gov.

Full proposals are due on February 11, 2020.

Image shows three intersecting circles each labled social systems, build environment, and natural environment surrounded by the words arctic residents, forecasting, resilient infrastructure, data and observation, education, and global impact.

The most competitive proposals will include expertise from multiple traditionally distinct and independent science and engineering disciplines. Figure from solicitation NSF 20-514.

Upcoming Biology Integration Institutes Webinar


Please join us for the upcoming webinar about the Biology Integration Institutes (BII) on November 18th, 2019 at 2pm EST!

During this webinar, program directors from the BIO BII Team will address questions about the recently released solicitation (NSF 20-508).

Use the registration link below to register for our November 18th webinar.

Click here to register

The BII is a new funding opportunity to strengthen the connections between biological subdisciplines and encourage a reintegration of biology. This funding opportunity is a part of BIO’s larger efforts to stimulate integrative thinking in the biological research community.

To learn more about the Biology Integration Institutes, visit the solicitation and program website.

Letters of Intent for Implementation Proposals are due December 20, 2019. The deadline for full proposals, in both the Design and Implementation tracks, is February 6, 2020.