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.

DEB Supplements Reminder


It’s that time of year again when we remind our active grantees about the education and broadening participation supplements available to DEB awards.

We have recently updated our supplement descriptions. Additional details on the components to include in each type of supplement request and information on budgets can also be found on our supplements webpage.

Target Date:

Requests for this set of DEB supplements (RET, RAHSS, ROA, REU) should be submitted by the third Tuesday in January annually. This is a target date, requests beyond the target date will be considered only as budgets allow. Supplement requests must be submitted through FastLane.

Supplement Types:

  • Research Experiences for Teachers (RET)
  • Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS)
  • Research Opportunity Awards (ROA)
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Other types of supplement requests should be discussed with your program officer. If you have any additional questions, please contact the relevant DEB Program (check the DEB staff listings on the NSF website).

Eligibility:

Supplements are only available to PIs and co-PIs with active DEB awards. Please note that some of the special programs accept supplement requests, and others do not. If your program is not listed here, and/or if you have questions about supplement eligibility for your current award, please contact your cognizant Program Officer.

Program RET RAHSS ROA REU
Core DEB Y Y Y Y
CNH and CNH2 N N N N
Dimensions of Biodiversity N N N N
EEID Y Y Y Y
Genealogy of Life Y Y Y Y
LTREB Y Y Y Y
MSB-NES Y Y Y Y

Before submitting a supplement request, review the guidance for that specific type of supplement and keep the following in mind:

  • no supplements can be awarded if there are any overdue project reports associated with anyone on the award including Co-PIs and all members of a collaborative,
  • supplemental funds generally must be expended by the expiration date of the original award
  • the IRB/IACUC documentation must be up-to-date and include the timeframe of the supplement
  • if the award budget already included Participant Support funds to support students or teachers, you must clearly explain the extenuating circumstances leading to the request for more such funding
  • as budgets allow, DEB typically provides funds for one REU student per year, but will consider supporting two REU students if the PI can demonstrate a unique opportunity for broadening participation from traditionally underrepresented groups in the biological sciences.

 

New Funding Opportunity for Navigating the New Arctic


The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) is pleased to announce the new solicitation (NSF 20-514) for the Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) program. NNA is one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas and represents a unique opportunity to position our nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership.

It is challenging to predict the future of the Arctic for three reasons: (1) it is changing very rapidly, (2) there are large gaps in scientific observations, and (3) natural, built, and social systems are highly interdependent. Understanding and adapting to a changing Arctic will require creative new directions for Arctic-related research, education, workforce development, and leveraging of science, engineering, and technology advances from outside the Arctic. Consequently, NNA is an initiative that seeks to address the challenges and opportunities of a changing Arctic by supporting new, diverse, integrative research communities.

Proposals must address a question on the interactions between at least two of the following:

  1. The natural environment,
  2. The built environment, and
  3. Social systems.

Proposals may be submitted in one of two tracks.

  • Track 1 Research Grants target far-reaching, creative proposals for fundamental research that tackle convergent science challenges related to the rapidly changing Arctic. Research Grants will have a budget of no more than $3,000,000 and a maximum duration of 5 years.
  • Track 2 Planning Grants target proposals to support planning activities leading to research team formation and capacity-building. Planning Grants will have a budget of no more than $250,000 and a maximum duration of 24 months.

An important goal of NNA is to bring in new researchers who have not previously worked in the Arctic. Research taking place north of the Arctic Circle is not required to be eligible for NNA. Previous awards made during Fiscal Year 2019 can be found here.

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, or Kendra McLauchlan, the NNA BIO representative, at kmclauch@nsf.gov.

Full proposals are due on February 11, 2020.

Image shows three intersecting circles each labled social systems, build environment, and natural environment surrounded by the words arctic residents, forecasting, resilient infrastructure, data and observation, education, and global impact.

The most competitive proposals will include expertise from multiple traditionally distinct and independent science and engineering disciplines. Figure from solicitation NSF 20-514.

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″