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


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, Matt Fujita, 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 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 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 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 when NSF program staff adds you to a panel.
  2. Open and select the Register function at the top of the screen to create a new NSF account and to obtain an assigned NSF ID.
    1. Note: If you have an existing NSF account in, skip step 2. Each individual user of NSF system, (e.g., should not have more than one NSF ID per Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (Chapter I.G.3.).
  3. Sign into with your credentials.
  4. Access the Provide Reviewer Profile Information link under Reviews & Meetings on the 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.

No-Cost Extensions

We know a lot of investigators plan for projects that last about 3 years, but did you know 5 years is the maximum duration for new awards? Regardless of the planned duration of a project, there are  opportunities to extend that through no-cost extensions (NCEs) to allow you to complete your project. It’s important to note NCEs are not for the purpose of using up unliquidated balances. See the PAPPG:

There are certain situations that could limit the number of no-cost extensions available for a given project, e.g., the type of award (standard versus continuing) and the original duration of an award. The issue is usually the availability of unspent funds because you cannot get a no-cost extension if you don’t have any funds left to use, and federal funds expire after 7 years. See our [NSF Award Spending – Some Things to Know] post.

If you plan on submitting a request for a no-cost extension, you need to do so BEFORE the final annual report is submitted.

Here are the key points around no-cost extensions from our How to Write a Great Annual Report Office Hours:

  1. Grantees (your institution) are pre-authorized by NSF to receive a one-time extension of the end date of the grant (up to 12 months) if additional time is required to assure completion of the original scope of work with existing funds. All “grantee-approved” extension requests must be signed and submitted by your institutional representative (SRO) via NSF’s electronic systems. If you are going to request a no-cost extension, always first request the “grantee-approved” type.
  2. If additional time beyond the first NCE is required, and exceptional circumstances warrant, a formal request for a second NCE to NSF must be signed and submitted by the institutional grants officer via NSF’s electronic systems. The request should be submitted at least 45 days prior to the end date of the grant. This is called an “NSF-approved” no-cost extension and is a bigger deal than the “grantee-approved” type. You will need to provide the current balance (funds remaining) of the award and your plans for spending it.
  3. Regardless of which type of no-cost extension you may request, it’s critically important to understand that remaining funds can only be spent on work described in your funded proposal (i.e., within the original scope of your award). If you have questions about this, it’s best to call the NSF Program Officer who is managing your award. Although work must remain within the scope of the original award, PIs are free to move funds among most budget categories (e.g., Materials & Supplies, Publication Costs, etc.) without formal approval from NSF. Changes to “Participant Support Costs”, however, do require permission.

As always, any questions you have about your award can be directed to the managing Program Officer. 

LIFE: Leveraging Innovations from Evolution Town Hall and Scoping Sessions

NSF, in partnership with KnowInnovation, will be hosting a virtual Town Hall and two Scoping Sessions (one in-person and one virtual) focused on LIFE: Leveraging Innovations From Evolution. LIFE aims to 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.

The informational Town Hall on May 15, 2023 1:00 – 2:30pm ET will include an overview of the goals of LIFE and provide details on the Scoping Sessions. The Registration Deadline for the Town Hall is May 14, 2023 at 5pm ET.

Click here to register for the Town Hall

The Scoping Sessions will be highly interactive, discussion- and solution-based aimed to provide actionable outcomes and recommendations to NSF for both near- and long-term research priorities. The Application Deadline for the Scoping Sessions is June 5, 2023 11:59 ET.

Click here to learn more about the Scoping Sessions and apply!

Specific goals of the LIFE Scoping Sessions:

  • Engage the life sciences and adjacent communities to focus on research challenges and opportunities pertaining to evolutionary innovations within a convergent evolution framework to better understand generalizable as well as unique solutions to life’s common problems. 
  • Articulate needs, strategies, and recommendations to enable transdisciplinary research into life’s evolutionary innovations and solutions to changing environments. This includes research, infrastructure, and educational priorities.
  • Jumpstart ideas, build new networks and teams, and outline the most exciting areas of research that would leverage natural systems and convergently evolved innovations to help us more efficiently and effectively engineer new and sustainable technologies that power our economy.

Who Should Apply?

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 the following: Systematics, Evolutionary Biology, Developmental Biology, Biomechanics, Physiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Genetics, Genomics, Chemistry, Computational Biology, Biological Informatics, Mathematical Modeling, Biogeography, Ecology, Synthetic Biology, Cyberinfrastructure, Biophysics and Engineering.

Upcoming Virtual Office Hours: CAREER Solicitation

Join us Monday, May 8th, 1 – 2pm ET for DEB’s next Virtual Office Hour. Program Officers will be discussing the CAREER Solicitation (NSF 22-586). Representatives from DEB programs will be available for questions. To participate, please use the registration link below. Upcoming DEB Virtual Office Hours are announced ahead of time on DEBrief, so we suggest you also sign up for blog notifications.    


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.  

DEB’s Virtual Office Hours are on the second Monday of every month from 1 – 2pm ET. Below is a list of upcoming dates and topics (subject to change). Be sure to add them to your calendars and register ahead of time.        

Upcoming Office Hour Topics:                       

May 8: CAREER Solicitation

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