Biology Integration Institutes (BII)


To promote integration across biological subdisciplines, the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) has released a revised solicitation (NSF 20-601) under the Biology Integration Institutes (BII) program.

The program, launched this year, supports collaborative teams investigating questions that span multiple disciplines within and beyond biology. BII is interested in research that informs our understanding of biological processes and mechanisms across and within organizational scales – from molecules to global scales.

Each Institute must identify a Research Theme, centered around a compelling and broad biological question poised for breakthroughs by collaboration across biological subdisciplines. The Theme must be larger in scope than research projects typically submitted to core programs in the BIO Directorate. While the proposed project does not have to span all biological subdisciplines (that would be a lot), it should span more than one subdiscipline and be compelling across the subdisciplines spanned. These efforts are funded with an initial commitment of 5 years and the possibility of a 5-year continuation.

Proposals are due by January 13, 2021. Revisions include the elimination of the “Design” track and the elimination of the Letter of Intent (just apply!).

Visit here to learn more about what was recently funded and if you have specific questions, please reach out to one of the Program Officers listed on the program page.

New Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) Solicitation is Live!


Our friends in DBI shared a post about the PRFB that you can read here or in full below:

“The 2020 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) solicitation (20-602) has been released. The submission deadline is Wednesday, November 18th, 2020.

There are three Competitive Areas:

  1. Broadening Participation of Groups Underrepresented in Biology
  2. Integrative Research Investigating the Rules of Life Governing Interactions Between Genomes, Environment and Phenotypes
  3. Plant Genome Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Read the solicitation carefully for changes from the previous solicitation, and follow our blog for further updates regarding this solicitation and how you can best prepare your proposal.

To see what types of projects were funded last year, view the announcement of the FY 2019 awards. Questions? Please contact the PRFB program at bio-dbi-prfb@nsf.gov.”

 

 

The Coastlines and People Program is Hosting Virtual Office Hours


The Coastlines and People (CoPe) program will be holding office hours to answer questions about the CoPe solicitation (20-567).  Please register for the office hours using the links provided below. The office hours are intended to answer general questions.  Questions that are very specific to your proposal are best sent to nsfcope@nsf.gov.  Before the office hours, please review the solicitation, the FAQs (NSF 20-078) and the webinar posted on the CoPe program page.

The times for these meetings are:

Tuesday August 4th, 2020 at 1pm EDT
Wednesday August 5th, 2020 at 2:30pm EDT
Thursday August 6th, 2020 at 8:30am EDT
Thursday August 6th, 2020 at 4:00pm EDT
Friday August 7th, 2020 at 1pm EDT

Please visit the CoPe Office Hours website for the registration links.

 

Upcoming Virtual Office Hours: Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental System Proposals


Join us August 10th from 1pm-2pm EDT for DEB’s next Virtual Office Hour. Program Officers will provide an introduction to the Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental System (DISES) Solicitation (NSF 20-579). This solicitation is an update of the program previously known as CNH and CNH2. Representatives from each of the four DEB core programs will be available for questions, which can be on any DEB or NSF topic.

Please use the registration link below to participate. Upcoming DEB Virtual Office Hours are announced ahead of time on DEBrief, so sign up for blog notifications for reminders.

REGISTER HERE

If you can’t make it to this or any future office hours, don’t worry! Come back to the blog, as we will be posting a recap and the presentation slides. As always, our Virtual Office Hours will happen on the second Monday of every month from 1pm-2pm EDT. Below is a list of upcoming dates and topics (subject to change), so be sure to add them to your calendars!

Upcoming Office Hours and Topics: 

August 10: Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (DISES)

September 14: Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science (MSB-NES)

October 19: BIO Postdoc Program

November 9: Intro to DEB

December 14: Supplements to existing awards

January 11: TBD

HBCU-EiR Q&A Recap


Program Officers representing each division in BIO hosted two online informational sessions on July 1st and July 14th to help answer questions about the Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Excellence in Research (HBCU- EiR) program.

“The Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Excellence in Research (HBCU-EiR) program was established in response to direction provided in the Senate Commerce and Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Report (Senate Report 115-139), and is built on prior and continuing efforts by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to strengthen research capacity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The program aims to establish stronger connections between researchers at HBCUs and NSF’s research programs.”

For those who were unable to attend, we’ve provided the PowerPoint slides here.

Remember the Letter of Intent is due July 23rd, 2020 and if you have any questions there’s still time to reach out to any of the Program Officers listed on the informational slides above.

NSF STEM Diversity and Inclusion Video Exhibition Challenge


Our friends in IOS posted about the STEM DIVE competition . You can read their post here or in full below:

Have you been the recipient of NSF funding for a project that included partnerships for increasing diversity and inclusion in the STEM workforce?

Want to win one of (4) $2,500 Expert’s Choice Awards or one of (2) $1,250 People’s Choice Awards AND be featured on various NSF platforms?

NSF invites you to submit a 1-to-3-minute video that showcases how your NSF-funded work has led to innovative, effective, and replicable approaches to building a diverse and inclusive STEM workforce through partnerships.

The deadline for submissions in June 25th, 2020.

For more information, visit the competition website; www.nsf.gov/ehr/stemdive.jsp

 

New Solicitation for a Navigating the New Arctic Community Office is Live


NSF invites proposals to establish a Navigating the New Arctic Community Office (NNA-CO). Launched in 2016, NNA has been building a growing portfolio of research and planning grants at the intersection of the built, social, and natural environments to improve understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects. Each NNA-funded project is responsible for its own performance, including its core research and broader impacts. However, an NNA community office is required to coordinate the activities of funded NNA projects; engage new PIs; and promote research, education, and outreach activities. Full proposals are due on June 10, 2020.

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.

Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)


Check out this opportunity to advance the biological sciences through collaborations with scientists in developing countries funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  Funds will be made available to foreign collaborators through USAID’s program on Partnerships for Advanced Engagement in Research (PEER) current solicitation. The deadline for pre-proposals is February 10, 2020.

The program is funded by USAID, managed by the National Academies of Science, and coordinated with six federal agencies, including NSF. Its goal is “to build scientific capacity and empower researchers in developing countries to use science, technology, innovation, and partnerships to address local and global development challenges.”

Some of the focus areas include Advanced Digital Tools and AI and any development-related research topic. You will find information on all of the focus areas in the solicitation which also includes an open call for projects in addition to several country-specific focus areas.

Who can apply?

U.S. researchers cannot submit PEER proposals. Instead, they must be submitted by foreign collaborators working with US PIs with active awards from NSF, NASA, NIH, Smithsonian Institution, USDA, and/or USGS.

Currently funded principal investigators looking for funds to support collaborators in PEER-eligible countries and focus areas should encourage their colleagues in other countries to apply.

Applicants must:

  • Be based at an academic institution, non-profit organization, or government-managed research laboratory, center, or institute in a PEER-eligible country or focus area;
  • Hold a career-track position or equivalent at their institution;
  • Work in the country from which they are applying; and
  • Be nationals (citizens or permanent residents) of the PEER-eligible country for the focus area to which they are applying.

See full eligibility requirements here.

 

New CAREER and Dimensions Solicitations Released


A new Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) solicitation has been released. The next deadline for proposals is July 27th, 2020. Be sure and read the full solicitation here and check out the program webpage for a webinar and FAQs.

A new Dimensions of Biodiversity solicitation has also been released. The next deadline for proposals is March 27th, 2020. As with all solicitations, be sure and read the full solicitation here and check out the program webpage for FAQs and other important information.