NSF Announces Call for Center for Advancement and Synthesis of Open Environmental Data and Sciences

Check out the latest post from our Office of the Assistant Director here or read the full post below:

“NSF has released a new solicitation for a Center for Advancement and Synthesis of Open Environmental Data and Sciences (NSF 21-549). Letters of Intent for the solicitation are due on April 1, 2021

Exemplifying open and team science, the Center will be fueled by open and freely available biological and other environmental data to catalyze novel scientific questions in environmental biology through the use of data-intensive approaches, research networks, and training in the accession, management, analysis, visualization, and synthesis of large data sets.

The Center will provide vision for speeding discovery through the increased use of large, publicly accessible datasets – such as those provided by the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio), the LTER network, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and others – to address biological research questions through collaborations with scientists in other related disciplines, as well as key questions that emerge at interfaces between biology, informatics, and a breadth of environmental sciences.

It also will foster the development of generalizable cyberinfrastructure solutions and community-driven standards for software, data, and metadata that support open and team science, and role-modeling best practices.

The Center will be a leader in diversifying the data-intensive environmental science workforce across demographic, geographic, institutional, and disciplinary dimensions and will further enable data-driven discovery through immersive education and training experiences to provide the advanced skills needed to maximize the scientific potential of large volumes of available open data.

For more information on the solicitation, including a list of cognizant Program Officers, please visit the program page: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505829&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund.”

This Week: Navigating the New Artic Solicitation Webinar

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Join the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) and the National Science Foundation for a webinar introducing the latest Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Solicitation (NSF 21-524) on January 15, 2-3pm EST. NNA seeks innovations in fundamental convergence research across the social, natural, environmental, computing and information sciences, and engineering that addresses the interactions or connections among natural and built environments and social systems, and how these connections inform our understanding of Arctic change and its local and global effects.

Program Officers will highlight major changes from the previous solicitation, review goals of the Navigating the New Arctic program, and be available for a Q&A session. This webinar will be recorded.

Learn more and register: https://www.iarpccollaborations.org/events/20256

Visit the program page for more information, view the latest solicitation here and FAQs for the solicitation here.

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.