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/.”

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.