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Learn More About a New Dear Colleague Letter from IOS: Organismal Systems and Infection Biology (OSIB) 

NSF 22-016  With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) the Division of Integrative and Organismal Systems (IOS) calls for proposals that build on our ongoing programs to move forward our understanding of infection processes in natural systems. All study systems are appropriate, except those that focus solely on human diseases. Proposals that focus on building a mechanistic understanding …

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Find out more about programs of interest!

Interested in BIO programs? Not sure what it takes to submit a proposal? Have questions? Teams representing the Biology Integration Institutes (BII) program, Enabling Discovery through Genomics (EDGE) program, and the Arctic Research Program all have upcoming Webinars that may be of interest to you! Scroll down for more info on each program and how …

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Did you miss it? October Virtual Office Hours Recap

Integrative Research in Biology (IntBIO) The slides are available HERE. The IOS Virtual Office Hour for October 2021 focused on the Integrative Research in Biology (IntBIO, 21-622) solicitation. We were joined by program directors who work directly on this funding opportunity. The IntBIO solicitation replaced the Rules of Life Track formerly featured in the core …

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How to structure your budget justification to assure the project budget is well justified

Proposal Budget Form 1030Download Critical to receiving the funds you need for your proposed project is a well justified budget. Here we’re sharing some best practices and advice for communicating that justification effectively. Starting with a cumulative budget form (link above), the goal is to provide a detailed breakdown of the funds requested (the actual …

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Repost: Your Project Titles Matter, Choose Wisely

Repost from our colleagues in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB). Project titles matter because they partially determine who will end up reviewing your proposals. Unlike the situation with journals, where an editor can share the abstract of a manuscript with a potential reviewer, all NSF can share is the title. This comes into play …

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Learn More About a New IOS Solicitation! Organismal Response to Climate Change (ORCC): Expanding Understanding and Improving Predictions of Life on a Warming Planet (22-513)

BIO’s new solicitation, Organismal Response to Climate Change (ORCC), calls for proposals focused on understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of organismal response to climate change to improve our ability to predict and to mitigate maladaptive biological responses to rapidly changing environments and to facilitate organismal adaptation and persistence. Full Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2022 In particular, …

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New BIO Opportunity: Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO) Solicitation NSF 22-500 

BRC-BIO is a new solicitation intended to enhance research capacity and broaden participation of new faculty of biology at minority-serving institutions (MSIs), predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and other universities and colleges that are not among the nation’s most research-intensive and resourced institutions.  Some key information from the solicitation:   Primary investigators must hold at least a 50% tenure-track (or tenure-track equivalent) position as an assistant professor …

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Ideas Lab: Dark Dimensions of the RNA Regulome (D2R2)

The Directorate for Biological Sciences has released a solicitation (22-510) calling for participants in an in-person week-long (June 13-17, 2022) Ideas Lab that will explore novel and creative approaches to extend our understanding of the diverse, growing universe of non-coding RNAs. With insight into the function of micro-RNAs and small-interfering RNAs rapidly expanding, the function …

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REPOST: Upcoming NSF Merit Review Survey

REPOST from our colleagues in the Directorate for Biological Sciences Dear Colleagues,  Next week, recent NSF applicants and reviewers will be emailed a survey link to provide feedback on their experience with the merit review process. Eligible individuals will be those who have submitted and/or reviewed proposals between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020. Results from this …

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Check out these solicitation updates! 

As a new fiscal year approaches NSF often makes updates to existing solicitations. Be sure to use the most up to date version of any solicitation to which you intend to submit.  Some recent updates in the BIO Directorate and others of interest to the IOS community are below in order of upcoming submission deadlines.    NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) (21-602) The purpose of the NSF …

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Don’t Miss This Opportunity! Special VOH October 26th in the BIO Directorate!

Changes to the PAPPG for PIs and SROs Join the Directorate for Biological Sciences for a BIO-wide Virtual Office Hour on the changes in the new NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG, NSF 22-1), which became effective on October 4, 2021. 3:00 PM Eastern Time on October 26, 2021 Representatives from NSF's …

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Farewell to IOS Science Assistant and IOS Blog Member Donaven McLaurin

IOS is sad to announce the departure of Donaven McLaurin, the science assistant for all of IOS. Donaven’s happy and chipper personality will be dearly missed within our community. His scientific knowledge during panels was greatly appreciated as it helped encourage and advance conversation between panelists. As an IOS blog member, Donaven’s bright ideas helped …

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IOS Virtual Office Hours September 2021 Edition: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)

The slides are available here. The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) held a Virtual Office Hour on September 16, 2021 providing information about the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) program. We were joined by program directors from the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) in our discussion. The PRFB solicitation (NSF 21-614) was recently …

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Learn More About EEID 

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID)   Full Proposal Deadline is Nov 24, 2021 Is your research focused on factors that contribute to the transmission of infectious disease?  If so, you should definitely have a look at the latest version of the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) solicitation, NSF 21-609. This is a long-standing BIO-based program that focuses on an integrative understanding of transmission dynamics of …

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Learn More About the New Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) Solicitation

Full Proposal Deadline: December 6, 2021 Opportunities to Learn More: IOS Virtual Office Hours - Sept. 16, 2021 The new Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) solicitation is hot off the presses! These fellowships encourage independence at an early stage in a research career by enabling Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate …

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IOS Virtual Office Hours August 2021 Edition: Guidance for Dear Colleague Letters (DCLs), Rapid Response Research (RAPIDs), Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), and Conference and Workshop proposals

ios-voh-august-2021-slidesDownload The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) held a Virtual Office Hour on August 19, 2021, providing an overview of DCLs, RAPIDs, EAGERs and Conference and Workshop proposals. General questions about these opportunities included: Is there a general range of funding amounts available for the conferences? The IOS web site states $10,000 to $15,000 …

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Upcoming Opportunities to learn about the NSF Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention (PIPP)

The NSF Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention (PIPP) program is holding two Virtual Office Hours to answer questions and provide additional insight into the PIPP Phase I: Development Grant (NSF 21-590) solicitation. A team of NSF program directors from CISE, BIO, ENG, and SBE will be present to answer any questions about this planning grant solicitation.  Virtual …

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International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)

IOS would like to bring your attention to a program in NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) that supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) solicitation, 20-598, describes two tracks and details how to apply to the program.  IRES - Track …

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REPOST: NSF 21-100 DCL RENEWAL: BIO AND UKRI/BBSRC COLLABORATION AND BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT

Repost from our colleagues in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB). The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) recently released Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) “UKRI/BBSRC-NSF/BIO Lead Agency Opportunity in Biological Informatics, Microbes and the Host Immune System, Quantum Biology and Synthetic Cell” (NSF 21-100). This DCL announces the continued collaboration between the …

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Information Regarding Current and Pending Support

A table entitled, NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support has been developed to provide additional helpful reference information regarding pre-award and post-award disclosure information in the biographical sketch and current and pending support proposal sections. The table identifies where these disclosures must be provided in proposals …

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Now Hiring: Temporary Program Director in Integrative Ecological Physiology Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is searching for a temporary program director (rotator) in the Integrative Ecological Physiology (IEP) Program within the Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, with a flexible start date of August 2021 to 2023. Rotators typically join NSF on a short-term basis (1-3 years) and contribute to making proposal funding recommendations, …

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The Process of Co-Review – A Peek Behind The Curtain

Although most proposals are submitted to a specific program in IOS, some proposals are co-reviewed by two or more programs. Co-review continues to be common due to the interdisciplinary nature of IOS science and also because the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) has emphasized the importance of integrating across sub-disciplines in biology. Please see our IOS blog repost on co-review for more details and keep reading if you want a refresher.    A few elements to keep in …

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REPOST: NSF 101: 5 tips on how to work with an NSF program officer

Repost from our colleagues at Science Matters. Are you an undergraduate student thinking about how to get funding for graduate school? An early-career researcher looking to launch your new lab? An established researcher with dozens of years of funding from NSF under your belt? Whatever the phase of your research career, it is a good …

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REPOST: 2/10/21 Virtual Office Hours Recap – How to Write a Great Budget

Repost from our colleagues in the Division of Environmental Biology. The Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO) held its latest Virtual Office Hour on February 10, 2021. Program Officers were joined by representatives from the Division of Grants and Agreements to provide insight on how to prepare NSF budgets. The presentation and other documents are available …

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REPOST: NSF Launches New Opportunity for Professional Societies to Promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – BIO BUZZ

Repost from our colleagues in the Directorate for Biological Sciences. The National Science Foundation has recently released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) encouraging professional societies to work together to form networks to promote cultural change in biology to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. The DCL, called LEAPS (LEAding cultural change through Professional Societies) of Biology, …

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Dear Colleague Letter: IMAGiNE FG: Functional Genomics

We’d like to bring your attention to a new Dear Colleague Letter* (DCL) NSF 21-034 “Dear Colleague Letter: IMAGiNE FG: Functional Genomics,” which was issued December 23, 2020 by the Directorate for Biological Sciences. The focus of NSF 21-034 is to encourage research on the organismal mechanisms, analytical frameworks, and biological theories that advance our …

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