Fall Panel Update, for those of you wondering about the full proposal panel results:
We’ve finished with panels in DEB. Programs are developing their awarding priorities under significant continued budget uncertainty. We are prioritizing decline notices in order to inform potential revisions and resubmissions. You should start seeing these notices in the next few weeks. Since we don’t yet have funds with which to make most awards, even though we hope to make as many awards as last year, that good news will be somewhat delayed while we await a final operating budget.
Education and Broadening Participation supplements are due December 2. Do you still have your reminder letter from back in October? If you’ve misplaced it, the guidance for these supplements is also online, here: http://www.nsf.gov/bio/deb/suppopp.jsp.
January Preliminary Proposal Reminders:
Be sure to follow the current solicitation for your January preliminary proposals:
DEB Core Programs (NSF 15-500): http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15500/nsf15500.htm.
Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) (NSF 15-503): http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15503/nsf15503.htm.
These solicitations are mostly the same as last year; however, a few small changes can be critically important for your submissions.
Please read the solicitation for specifics. Here we’ve provided some additional commentary to the items listed in “Revision Notes” at the start of the solicitation:
Updates instructions for the submission by email of a “Consolidated Personnel List.”
This requires a change in practice. The template file has been revised. There is a new email address for submitting the file. This was done to eliminate confusion in the file naming.
Adds language describing review of international collaborations with NERC (UK) and BSF (Israel).
This added language incorporates new references to international collaborative funding opportunities (UK and Israel) available under this solicitation but does not require any additional action unless proposers are seeking to follow this route.
Provides updated instructions for submission of Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) proposals.
These details have been updated to reflect revisions to the NSF-wide RUI solicitation related to submission instructions for full proposals. These changes affect only invited full RUI proposals.
Updates instructions for the submission of a combined “Collaborators & Other Affiliations” document.
These clarifications do not alter past practices. Additional wording was added to pinpoint where to upload this file within the proposal preparation module and in response to frequent questions about format.
Clarifies requirements for exercising a preliminary proposal bypass or full proposal deferral.
These clarifications do not alter past practices. Wording was added to increase transparency and improve understanding.
Clarifies requirements in the preliminary proposal related to: inclusion of results from prior support, project summary length, and format of the project description.
These clarifications do not alter past practices. Additional wording was added in response to frequent questions about proposal content limits and requirements.
Clarifies guidance for making changes between invitation and full proposal submission
These clarifications do not alter past practices. Additional wording was added in response to frequent questions about changes to project details versus changes to personnel.