New DCL: NSF RFI on Data Cyberinfrastructure for Future Data-Intensive S&E Research


The following is re-post from our colleagues in IOS.

“On the behalf of our colleagues over at the CISE Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure: NSF 20-015 Request for Information (RFI) on Data-focused Infrastructure needed for future S&E research has been released! Details on this new Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) can be found below:

Dear Colleagues,

We strongly encourage you to respond to NSF 20-015 Dear Colleague Letter, Request for Information (RFI) on Data-Focused Cyberinfrastructure Needed to Support Future Data-Intensive Science and Engineering Research .

The challenges of growing volumes of scientific data – their availability, transmission, accessibility, management, and utilization – have become urgent and ubiquitous across NSF-supported science, engineering, and education disciplines. To inform the formulation of a strategic NSF response to these imperatives, the RFI asks the research community to update NSF on their data-intensive scientific questions and challenges and associated needs specifically related to data-focused cyberinfrastructure.

We would like to receive an ample and broadly representative response from across the NSF research domains and disciplines. This was the case with successful 2017 NSF RFI on Future Needs for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (NSF CI 2030)[1], which informed subsequent CI investments and a new Vision for, Transforming Science Through Cyberinfrastructure. As with NSF CI 2030, we intend to post the NSF 20-015 RFI responses publicly in the spring/summer 2020 timeframe for useful reference by NSF colleagues and the community.

To respond to this RFI please follow the guidelines outlined in the, NSF 20-015 Dear Colleague Letter.

For questions concerning this RFI please contact us via nsfdatacirfi@nsf.gov.”

Core Programs Revisions


A new Division of Environmental Biology (Core Programs) solicitation (20-502) has been released with a few important updates. As always, please read the entire solicitation and pay close attention to the revisions outlined in the “Important Information and Revision Notes” section of the solicitation. We’ve highlighted a few particularly important changes below.

Bridging Ecology and Evolution (BEE)
The description of the Bridging Ecology and Evolution (BEE) special category has been revised. The Project Description of all BEE proposals must clearly describe how and in what ways the research will advance understanding of the dynamic interactions between ecological and evolutionary processes.

NSFDEB-NERC Submissions
The instructions for submitting NSFDEB-NERC proposals have been revised. Applicants submitting NSF-lead proposals are still required to submit an email to NSFDEB-NERC@nsf.gov ahead of the planned proposal submission. However, instead of factoring in a “3-month” waiting period, PIs can submit their full proposals as soon as they get approval from an NSF representative.

Reporting Results of Prior NSF Support
The description of how to report the public release of data from previously funded projects in the “Results from Prior NSF Support” section has been updated. From the new solicitation: “In addition to the reporting requirement format described by the PAPPG (see Results from Prior NSF Support, II.C.2.d.iii), the Results from Prior NSF Support section must include evidence of deposition of samples, data and/or data products in recognized, accessible, community-accepted repositories by listing such repositories and, if practical, metadata. All publications, data, data products, programs and/or scripts that are specifically mentioned in the Results from Prior NSF Support section must be referenced in the References Cited section and must provide unique, resolvable and persistent identifiers (such as Digital Object Identifiers [DOIs]; Uniform Resource Locators [URLs], or similar).”

Any questions can be directed to debquestions@nsf.gov or you can contact a Program Officer directly.

INCLUDES Virtual Office Hour


From our friends in the Office of the Assistant Director;

“Please join us for the upcoming information session on the Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) program on October 17th, 2019 from 1pm-2pm EST!

During this Virtual Office Hour, program directors from the NSF INCLUDES Implementation Team will discuss the program’s history and new planning grants solicitation (NSF 19-600). Following the discussion, program directors from NSF INCLUDES and the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) will answer questions from attendees during an open question and answer period.

Join us remotely and bring questions, comments and concerns! Please use the registration link below to register for our October 17th Virtual Office Hour.

Click here to register

NSF INCLUDES is one of the 10 Big Ideas and is a comprehensive national initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in STEM discoveries and innovations focused on NSF’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and broadening participation in these fields. These planning grants support efforts necessary to build capacity to establish future centers, alliances or other large-scale networks endeavoring to address a broadening participation challenge in STEM at scale.

The first deadline for full proposals is December 3, 2019.

For more details, refer to the full solicitation: NSF 19-600″

Webinar Dates and Times for the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology


This October, our friends over in DBI are hosting 2 webinars on the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology. Check out the details on their blog here or below:

“Interested in applying to the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) program this fall? The deadline is November 19, 2019. To support your application, we will be hosting two webinars, as listed below.

  1. Tuesday, October 15th from 3:00-4:30 PM EDT (Join Here)
  2. Friday, October 18th from 1:00-2:30 PM EDT (Join Here)

As a reminder:

  • This is the last year that the ‘Collections’ Competitive Area will be offered. However, in future years, it is expected that research using biological collections could be proposed in other Competitive Areas.
  • There is a new Competitive Area – ‘Integrative Research Investigating the Rules of Life Governing Interactions Between Genomes, Environment and Phenotypes’.
  • The eligibility criterion related to tenure in a position requiring a doctoral degree for Competitive Areas ‘Broadening Participation of Groups Underrepresented in Biology’ and ‘Interdisciplinary Research Using Biological Collections’ has increased to 9 full time months. This criterion applies to the new Competitive Area as well.

In the meantime, please use the full solicitation (NSF 19-567) to support your application, and see here for an example of a past PRFB project that has made the news!”

New EEID and LTER Solicitations


The new Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) solicitation is live. The scope of the new solicitation has been expanded to include ocean systems as well as a new international partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in the UK. The deadline to submit your full proposal to EEID is November 20th, 2019.

The Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program has just released a solicitation for a New Urban LTER site (19-584). The Urban deadline for preliminary proposals is December 4th, 2019.

Visit the program webpage and updated FAQs for more information.

CNH2 LOIs Due Soon


While I’m sure those investigators planning on submitting to the CNH2 program this year are well on their way, this is a short reminder that the due date for the Letter of Intent (LOI) is September 17th, 2019.

If you submitted a LOI to the December 2018 deadline and are planning to submit one to the September 17, 2019 deadline, please note that the system retained your earlier submission and issues a warning that you have already submitted when you are trying to submit again.  Please IGNORE this warning and submit your new LOI.  The system lets you submit another.

For those unfamiliar with the program, CNH2 supports research projects that advance basic scientific understanding of integrated socio-environmental systems and the interactions (dynamics, processes, and feedbacks) within and among the environmental (biological, physical and chemical) and human (“socio”) (economic, social, political, or behavioral) components of such a system.

Be sure and check out the solicitation for more information and contact the managing Program Officers for any additional questions.

Reintegrating Biology Town Halls


Learn about this exciting new initiative and register for town hall discussions from the Office of the Assistant Director’s blog here or below.

“Biology has the goal of understanding the processes that generate and sustain life.  Despite this unifying principle, the actual practice of modern biology has become increasingly fragmented into subdisciplines due, in part, to specialized approaches required for deep study of narrowly defined problems.  BIO aims to encourage a unification of biology. Our goal is to stimulate creative integration of diverse biological disciplines using innovative experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches to discover underlying principles operating across all hierarchical levels of life, from biomolecules to organisms, species, ecosystems, and biomes.

Earlier this year we asked you, as members of the biological sciences community, for high-level ideas on the research questions and topics that would benefit from NSF investment in a truly integrated research environment. The responses from across the country offered a broad range of fundamental biological questions spanning the scales of biological organization. BIO now wants to grow and enrich the conversation with a view to priming the formation of new NSF-supported research teams around these questions.

To that end, we invite you to register for one of several Virtual Town Hall discussions, which will take place the week of September 16, 2019. These events will help identify themes for more focused, in-person discussions that will take place later in the fall – fertile soil for germination of new, foundational cross-disciplinary ideas that will unify and advance the biological sciences.

More details can be found at https://reintegratingbiology.org/.”