NSF Research Traineeship Program


Calling all investigators! Are you interested in programmatic reform and providing broad training in skills easily transferable to many types of STEM careers? It’s never too early to begin planning a submission to the NSF Research Traineeship Program (NRT). The NRT program aims to promote workforce development in STEM and transformative improvements in graduate education.

Unlike the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) or the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (PRFB), students cannot apply. It’s up to faculty to plan and submit their ideas for supporting students’ educational training and development through catalytic institutional change. Interdisciplinary or convergent research and training emphasizing one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas are especially encouraged.

The NRT solicitation requires a Letter of Intent which is due between November 25-December 6, 2019. Invited Full Proposals are due February 6, 2020. Be sure and visit this page for a selection of recent awards and the NRT FAQ.

New DCL: Research Opportunities Related to Coastlines and People (CoPe)


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorates for Geosciences (GEO), Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Biological Sciences (BIO), Engineering (ENG), Education and Human Resources (EHR) and the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) announced their intent to support Research Coordination Networks (RCNs), a select type of Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), conferences, and Non-academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) supplements that relate to Coastlines and People (CoPe).

Through CoPe, NSF is interested in supporting projects to build capacity and explore research focused on understanding the impacts of coastal environmental variability and natural hazards on populated coastal regions. CoPe projects should explore the complex interface between coastal natural processes, geohazards, people, and their natural and built environments.

The target dates are coming up soon for this DCL: 1-page summaries of RCN, EAGER, and Conference proposals are due May 31st, 2019.

For more information, please visit the DCL here.

 

 

What are the Rules again?


Did you know the Bio Rules of Life Track is different from the NSF Understanding the Rules of Life? Below is a chart explaining the key differences between the two funding opportunities and here is an FAQ around BIO’s Rules of Life Track. As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact a Program Officer or email us at debquestions@nsf.gov.

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Credit: Karen Cone/Program Officer/Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

 

 

Updated Funding Opportunity – Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships


Our friends in MCB have some important information to share regarding the Science and Technology Centers (STC). Please see their write-up below:

“The Science and Technology Centers (STC): Integrative Partnerships program has released an updated solicitation calling for preliminary proposals that would ultimately lead to the awarding of five new research STCs. Science and Technology Centers support innovative, potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that require large-scale, long-term awards. They provide a means to undertake potentially groundbreaking investigations at the interfaces of disciplines and/or highly innovative approaches within disciplines. These centers can cover research in any topic that is funded by NSF including all areas of biology, and education. They usually include partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities, and international collaborations, as appropriate, to accomplish their research. More information on eligibility and other program specifics can be found in the solicitation 19-567.

Some important details:

  • Submissions of preliminary proposals are limited to 3 proposals per institution
  • Submissions limited to 1 proposal per PI or co-PI
  • Preliminary Proposal Due June 25, 2019
  • Full Proposal Due January 27, 2020

Questions can be answered by reaching out to the cognizant program officer. All proposals submitted in response to this STC solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 25, 2019.”

MacroSystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science (MSB-NES)


Here’s some news as we enter the home stretch for 2018: the MacroSystems Biology (MSB) program has released a new solicitation for proposals under the revised program title “MacroSystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science (MSB-NES)”. The solicitation recognizes the completion of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) as a major instrument for studying regional- to continental-scale ecological research questions. You can find the program summary here.

The solicitation (NSF 19-538) invites innovative proposals to detect, quantify, and forecast the consequences of changing climate, land-use, and invasive species for the biosphere at regional to continental scales. The program targets the massive knowledge gap between processes that occur at local ecological scales and the global processes that drive the distribution of ecosystems and biomes. Additionally, it recognizes that drivers of ecological change occur at multiple scales of time and space, and that processes may interact across scales in nonlinear fashion. As ever, the program encourages planning, training, and development activities that enable groups to conduct research at macrosystem scales.

The current solicitation includes two tracks. The first track, named Macrosystems Research Awards (‘MRA’), will continue to support ambitious, quantitative, team projects that have shaped the emerging field of macrosystems ecology over the past decade.

The second track (Macrosystems Small Awards, ‘MSA’) provides opportunities for small teams of researchers tackling more narrowly targeted questions and approaches to advance understanding of regional to continental-scale processes. Such a project may, for example, address a single theoretical challenge, such as scaling, or focus on development of NEON-enabled tools that shed light on multi-scale drivers of an ecosystem process.

Both tracks will prioritize proposals that use the massive data streams flowing from 81 NEON aquatic and terrestrial sites situated within 20 climatically defined domains across the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. NEON data products are already streaming and openly available to all.

In addition to research proposals, the MSB program encourages proposals for the Research Coordination Network (RCN) program to support groups of investigators to coalesce around new ways to engage with NEON.

The due date for proposals is February 25, 2019.

To view examples of past awards and for any additional questions regarding MSB-NES, please visit the program page and contact Program Officers Michael Binford or Dan Gruner, directly.

 

New Dimensions of Biodiversity (19-535) Solicitation Released


The new solicitation for Dimensions of Biodiversity (19-535) has just been released, with a deadline of February 28, 2019. The Dimensions of Biodiversity program has transformed how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth. Successful proposals to this program fully integrate the genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. 

The main change this year is an exclusive focus on international scientific partnerships. Over the years, NSF has developed partnerships with funding agencies in China, Brazil, and South Africa to support international biodiversity projects that involve scientists in those countries. To further promote these types of projects, the 2019 Dimensions of Biodiversity program is restricted to applications involving U.S.-China, U.S.-São Paulo, and U.S.-South Africa Collaborative Research Projects. Projects that involve only U.S. participants will not be considered in 2019.

The U.S. PIs submit to NSF and the collaborating Chinese, Brazilian, or South African PIs submit to their appropriate national funding agencies. In developing your proposal, please be aware that your team will need to submit joint proposals to different agencies, so be aware of deadlines for the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil, and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa.

Same as last year, due to lack of participation by the Directorate for Geosciences in this solicitation, proposals that investigate marine biodiversity or marine environments are not eligible, and if submitted will be returned without review.

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 28, 2019.

If you have questions about a potential project involving China, Brazil, or South Africa for Dimensions of Biodiversity, please send an inquiry to Dimensions@nsf.gov.

 

 

Navigating the New Arctic Solicitation (19-511)


Back in the Spring, we released a Dear Colleague Letter requesting proposals centered around Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) as one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas.

Now, a new solicitation is available and ready to receive proposals. Please visit the program page for the synopsis and the FAQs for common questions associated with the NNA solicitation. For any additional questions, please email NNA@nsf.gov.