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Statement from the Acting Assistant Director for Biological Sciences on proposal submission limits

In August, the BIO directorate released new solicitations to its proposal submission process to eliminate deadlines and limit the number of proposals that could be submitted to a given division annually by a PI or co-PI. As BIO was receiving far more worthy proposals than it has money to support, this submission cap was established …

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Repost: Special BIO Advisory Committee Meeting to be on 11/16

On the behalf of our colleagues over at the BIO OAD Blog: “The BIO advisory committee will hold a special meeting on Friday, November 16th from 2:30-4:30 PM to discuss immediately establishing a subcommittee to consider different options for addressing community concerns with the BIO proposal submission limits. This meeting will be held via teleconference among the …

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Everyone is eager for an EAGER!

We regularly receive inquiries from investigators about the suitability of a project for submission as an Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER). As Program Directors we have noticed that the 1-2 page descriptions that accompany these inquiries typically lack information required for evaluating their EAGER potential. This blog post focuses on the key points …

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IOS No Deadline Solicitation Update

The wait is over! All three IOS program solicitations are now available online! Get the up-to-date versions at: IOS Core Programs (NSF 18-586) Plant Genome Research Program (NSF 18-579) Plant Biotic Interactions (NSF 18-590) Please read them carefully for important information about eligibility and proposal submission to IOS and if you have questions, contact a …

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UPDATE 8/31/18: All three IOS Solicitations are now Available Online! See this post for details

Update on No-Deadline Solicitation: IOS No Deadline Solicitation Update 8/31/2018 We announced in October 2017 that BIO would implement a "no-deadline" full proposals submission in 2018 and that all four divisions would release new solicitations in mid-2018 (for more information on no-deadlines, check out the Dear Colleague Letter and associated FAQs). It's mid-August and I …

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Meet IOS: Colin Saldanha

Name: Colin J. Saldanha Education: B.A. - Gustavus Adolphus College (Biology & Psychology), Ph.D. - Columbia University (Psychology), Postdoc - UCLA (Neuroendocrinology) Home Institution: American University Tell us about your research: Members of my laboratory are interested in the spatial and temporal specificity of hormone provision. Several hormones are often made in multiple cell-types of …

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USA Science and Engineering Festival 2018

The 5th Annual USA Science and Engineering Festival took place on April 7th and 8th in Washington, D.C. This event welcomes scientists and non-scientists alike to showcase their science and learn more about what scientist do. Over 350,000 attendees could view 20 different stage shows that featured scientists, entertainers who use science (think explosions and …

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Meet IOS: Kim Gallagher

Title: Kimberly Gallagher, Program Director BIO/IOS - Developmental Systems Education: B.A.: Barnard College, Columbia University - Biology, Ph.D.: University of California San Diego - Biology Home Institution: University of Pennsylvania Tell us about your research: I am very interested in the signaling pathways and mechanisms that underlie development. A primary focus of the research in my …

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