New LTREB Solicitation Released


The new solicitation for the Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program has been released. The LTREB program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. LTREB was designed to support decadal projects. Funding for an initial, 5-year period requires a decadal research plan and a description of core data. Renewal proposals are submitted for the second five years of support. Proposals can be submitted to three Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) clusters—Ecosystem Science, Population and Community Ecology, and Evolutionary Processes.

The main new feature of the LTREB solicitation is an increase of the maximum budget, to $600,000 for a 5-year duration in total costs (direct plus indirect). Also, while any newly initiated LTREB proposal counts toward the core proposal submission cap as a PI or co-PIs in DEB, an LTREB Renewal proposal does not count toward this cap.

Important requirements for all NSF proposals are open data, and data-sharing. LTREB projects have been ahead of the curve regarding sharing data with other investigators in order to stimulate data reuse, synthesis, and the generation of novel ideas. If you have been collecting long-term data, and want to test hypotheses related to those data, the LTREB Program may be of interest to you.

NSF Announces New Measures to Protect Research Community from Harassment


From the BIO Blog, “The National Science Foundation (NSF) has taken the next steps in its agency-wide effort to protect the research community from harassment, publishing a term and condition that requires awardee organizations to report findings and determinations of sexual harassment, as well as establishing a secure online portal for submitting harassment notifications.

To access these resources, please see the press release, the NSF Fact Sheet, and visit nsf.gov/harassment.”

 

A Letter from the Acting Assistant Director


Dr. Joanne Tornow, BIO Acting Assistant Director, has written a letter to the community addressing the recently released no-deadline solicitations and answering some commonly asked questions.

Remember that we also released our own in-depth explainer around our Core Programs’ switch to no-deadline and produced a handy chart for understanding which programs still have a deadline and whether or not they are subject to a submissions cap.

Lastly, if you still have questions about our recent changes or anything DEB-related, please email us at debquestions@nsf.gov.

2018 Summer Meeting Schedule


It’s that time of year again! DEB representatives will be attending the Ecological Society of America (ESA) conference in New Orleans August 5-10 and the Evolution conference in Montpellier August 19-22. The table below tells you which Program Officers and Senior Managers will be attending the meetings.

Be sure and stop by the NSF exhibitor booth at the ESA conference to chat with staff and Program Officers. We’re ready to talk about the latest NSF news and funding opportunities. Remember to also visit our colleagues at the NEON booth.

We’ll be hosting a session at ESA on Tuesday, August 7th from 11:30am-1:15pm entitled “Navigating NSF: Opportunities for Funding Research and Training.” There will also be an outreach talk at 12:45 on Tuesday, August 21st in room B113 at the Evolution Conference. See you there!

 

Ecological Society of America, New Orleans

August 5-10

Program Officers and Senior Managers Cluster
Elizabeth Blood ES
Kathy Cottingham PCE
Dan Gruner PCE
Stephanie Hampton Division Director
Matt Kane ES
Doug Levey PCE
Cesar Nufio PCE
Alan Tessier Deputy Division Director
Betsy von Holle PCE

Evolution, Montpellier

August 19-22

George Gilchrist EP
Stephanie Hampton Division Director
Leslie Rissler EP
Chris Schneider SBS

BIO REU Travel Grant Opportunity: Apply TODAY!


If you’ve had a BIO REU student within the last three years, we encourage you to share this opportunity to apply for a travel grant to present their research at scientific meetings. Students are required to apply directly at this website. Please tell them to act quickly, as funds will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Please note grants are limited to one student per REU location per year and all additional application details can be found at the application website.

 

Graduate Research Fellowship Program: 2018 Deadline


 

The deadline for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is coming up!  Now is the time to direct students to this opportunity.  Below we highlight the specifics of this fellowship opportunity, but it is also key to remember that this program supports students on the basis of their potential for significant research achievements in STEM.  The application consists of two statements and three supporting letters.  The statements include the Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals statement (3 pages), and a Graduate Research Plan (2 pages).  Although the nature of the first essay is the same no matter the stage of the applicant, the second essay varies substantially among stages and is viewed differently by reviewers.

For undergraduates applying, this essay is intended to reflect the type of project the student would like to do as they look forward to their graduate program, whereas for current graduate students, and especially those beginning their second year of graduate school, the project is typically more specific and better grounded in their current program and broader research plans. In all cases, the application is viewed holistically and evaluated on both the research potential and broader impacts associated with the applicant.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program grants three years of financial support for pursuing a research-based master’s or PhD degree in science technology, engineering, math, or STEM education. Applicants must demonstrate significant achievements in STEM and attend any accredited college or university in the United States or its territories.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a US citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Applicants can apply while still in their undergraduate program but must be accepted into a graduate degree program by the time they accept the Fellowship
  • Applicants can have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study by August 1st but can only apply once as a graduate student, either in their first or second year (see the solicitation for details as this is a new policy in 2017).
  • Different fields of study have different deadlines within NSF. Below is the schedule for each field of study
Fields of Study 2018 Deadline
Life Sciences, Geosciences October 22
Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research October 23
Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning October 25
Chemistry, mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy October 26
Reference Letter Submission November 1
  5:00 PM ET

Benefits

  • $34,000 annual stipend
  • Cost of Education allowance of $12,000 to the institution
  • Professional development opportunities through Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) and Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP)
  • Access to supplemental funding to sustain research while on medical deferral (e.g. maternity/paternity leave)

Read the current solicitation for the full set of guidelines, and for additional questions please reach out to the Graduate Research Fellowship Operations Center, telephone: 866-NSF-GRFP, 866-673-4737 (toll-free from the US and Canada) or 202-331-3542 (international) or email: info@nsfgrfp.org