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Farewell to IOS Division Director Donal Manahan

IOS would like to take the opportunity to say farewell to Dr. Donal Manahan, who is returning to the University of Southern California where he is a Professor of Biological Sciences. Donal’s time as Division Director for IOS was marked by his tireless support and enthusiasm for the IOS research community. He enthusiastically performed outreach …

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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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IOS Virtual Office Hours June 2021 Edition: Supplemental Funding Opportunities

On June 17th, 2021, IOS held our monthly Virtual Office Hour with a focus on supplemental funding opportunities. Submitting supplement proposals can be somewhat unusual – for some of our more predictable supplement types, e.g., a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), investigators should include these requests at the time they are preparing their grant proposal.  …

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Research Experiences for Teachers Sites in Biological Sciences (BIORETS)

The BIORETS solicitation (NSF 21-584) seeks proposals that provide research experiences for groups of teachers in fields supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO). The research experiences are intended to be translated into curricular changes that have long-term impact on science education and encourage students to enter STEM-related professions. A BIORETS project should provide …

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Repost: 6/8/2021 BIO Virtual Office Hour: Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

Reposted from our colleagues in the Division of Environmental Biology The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) held its latest Virtual Office Hour on June 8, 2021. We discussed a variety of topics to help scientists and staff at Primary Undergraduate Institutions be successful with the NSF process, including submission and review of proposals in BIO and the Facilitating Research at Primarily …

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REPOST: New Funding Opportunity: Predicting future pandemics to protect our health, communities, and economy – Bio Buzz

Repost from our colleagues in the Directorate for Biological Sciences. Predicting and preventing pandemics that have not yet happened is the focus of a new funding opportunity from the U.S. National Science Foundation. Researchers from a broad range of scientific disciplines — including those across the biological sciences — are invited to submit proposals to develop multidisciplinary research centers that can address the complex challenges involved in forecasting and avoiding future pandemic-scale outbreaks. The Predictive Intelligence …

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IOS would like to congratulate the newly elected members of the National Academy of Sciences for 2021

The National Academy of Sciences announced on April 26th the election of 120 members. Of those, 59 are women – the most elected in a single year. Many of the newly elected members have been supported at some time in their career by grants from the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) and, in particular, the …

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Farewell to IOS Program Specialists Maya Anderson and Nancy Arce

IOS would like to bid farewell to Maya Anderson and thank her for being part of the IOS team for more than two decades.  Maya worked as a Program Specialist in IOS supporting multiple clusters and programs. She has been a remarkable colleague and friend to many! She brings a calm and supportive presence to …

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Repost – Update: New COVID-19 Response to Support Post-Baccs

Repost from our colleagues in the Directorate for Biological Sciences. The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) recognizes the importance of early-career research experiences and that the COVID-19 pandemic has denied many undergraduates – especially those from groups underrepresented in STEM – such a research experience, whether it was to be supported …

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IOS Virtual Office Hours April 2021 Edition: Visit from The Division of Biological Infrastructure

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) recently held a Virtual Office Hour (VOH) with contributions by program directors from the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI). The Division of Biological Infrastructure invests in the development and enhancement of biological research resources, human capital, and biology centers to support advances in all areas of biological research. …

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May Virtual Office Hour with The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) – New Opportunities and CAREER Proposal Guidance!

Please join us for our monthly information session to learn about ongoing and new opportunities at NSF! The May IOS Virtual Office Hour will be held May 20, 2021 from 1pm-2pm EDT.  This Office Hour will include discussion of recent solicitations and Dear Colleague Letters that have been announced by NSF and a discussion of …

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Join Us in Congratulating Christina M. Grozinger!

Dr. Christina M. Grozinger, Pennsylvania State University received the 2021 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences.  A leading social insect biologist, Dr. Grozinger integrates research, education, outreach, and service in her work regarding the biology and health of honeybees and other pollinators. She has expanded our understanding of how bee stressors—including pathogens, parasites, pesticides, poor nutrition, climate change, and extreme weather effects—affect bees. The work …

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UPDATED REPOST: Changes to the IOS Blog:

You may have noticed some extra subheadings at the top of the IOS blog page. We’ve moved a few features to new areas of the blog, including the new Virtual Office Hours subpage and the Meet IOS subpage. New location for Information about the Virtual Office Hour (VOH): For VOH dates, topics, and registration links, …

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Repost – 7 Cool NSF-Funded Robots That Are Advancing Science And Helping Society

Whether microscopic or human-sized, inspired by tree-dwelling mammals or pasta, the family of U.S. National Science Foundation-funded robots captures the incredible innovation possible with cross-disciplinary collaboration across STEM fields. The critical research NSF supports enables advances in the physical aspects of robotic systems and how they "think" and understand the world around them. Scientists and …

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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: Fourth Interdisciplinary Workshop in Series on Pandemic Prediction and Prevention Approaching

Repost from our colleagues in the Directorate for Biological Sciences. The Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO); Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE); Engineering (ENG); Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE); and the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have jointly supported a series of interdisciplinary workshops to engage …

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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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REPOST: Update on COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact both researchers and research infrastructure alike. Despite the negative effects, the research community has continued to advance our knowledge, spur innovation, and make discoveries. You also continue to serve as reviewers and panelists, for which we thank you. Throughout the past year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has supported …

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UPDATED REPOST: NSF Calls for Examinations of emergent Networks as Part of Understand the Rules of Life “Big Idea”

Nicolle Rager Fuller, National Science Foundation A repost from our colleagues in the Directorate for Biological Sciences, Office of the Assistant Director. The biological world is interconnected by complex networks. What are the rules that control these networks? How are the interactions altered by environments? Are the rules similar across all biological scales? How can …

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Upcoming Solicitation Deadlines:

Although the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) core programs solicitations are not under proposal submission deadlines, there are other funding opportunities, both in BIO and NSF-wide, that do have deadlines. Here are a few that are relevant to the IOS community.   Funding opportunities with deadlines: Full Proposal: February 23, 2021 21-534  Understanding the Rules …

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Job Opportunity: NSF is searching for a new IOS Division Director

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) has begun the search for a new Division Director.  The IOS Division Director serves as a member of the senior leadership team in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO). The Division Director works cooperatively with other BIO Division and Deputy Division Directors to advise and aid the Assistant …

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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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Repost: BIO Virtual Drop-In Session for ESA

Repost from our colleagues in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB). Please join NSF Program Officers from the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) and the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) on Wednesday August 11th anytime from 11 am to 2 pm Eastern time for an informal question and answer session. Be sure and register in advance …

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Research Opportunities for Post-Baccalaureate Students in Biology

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As noted on BIO Buzz, the blog of the Assistant Director for Biological Sciences (BIO), BIO has released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) to provide supplementary funding in support of recent college graduates who were not able to get research experience due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research Experiences for Post-baccalaureate Students (REPS) supplemental funding requests will be reviewed for funding consideration upon receipt. To receive full funding consideration for FY2021, requests should be submitted by July 2, 2021. Supplemental funding requests submitted after that date will be considered if funds are available.

Below we provide answers to some pertinent questions regarding this opportunity. Full information on this invitation can be found on the NSF website at: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21085/nsf21085.jsp?org=NSF.

What is the eligibility requirement for PIs requesting a REPS supplement?

PIs with active awards from BIO (funded through DBI, DEB, EF, IOS, or MCB) are eligible to request…

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