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NSF Program Directors at SICB 2023 

Upcoming Meeting: SICB Annual Meeting, January 3-7, 2023, in Austin, TX  The National Science Foundation (NSF) plans to have an exhibitor booth at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) in Austin, Texas. Please stop by on January 4-6, 2023, to schedule an appointment to meet one-on-one with an NSF Program …

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NSF will no longer use FastLane to accept proposals starting in January 2023

NSF’s FastLane system has been around for some time. It has been used as both a grant submission portal by PIs and as an interactive panel system through which reviewers can submit grant reviews and panelists can enter panel summaries.   Since September 2020, NSF has been working to retire the proposal submission capabilities of the …

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Did you miss it? November 2022 Virtual Office Hours Recap: Mid-Career Advancement (MCA)

The slides are available here. The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) held a Virtual Office Hour on November 17th, 2022 providing information about the Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) program (NSF 22-603). Program Officers active in the MCA program and representatives from other IOS core programs attended to discuss with and answer questions from the audience.  …

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I3: How much preliminary data do you need?

Preliminary data. There’s no doubt that it strengthens your proposal but how much is enough? Is there such a thing as too much preliminary data? Preliminary data can serve many purposes: as a basis for what you are proposing; to demonstrate that your hypothesis has merit; and, to show that the techniques work well in …

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Did you miss it? October 2022 Virtual Office Hours Recap: Integrative Research in Biology (IntBIO).

The slides are available here. The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) held a Virtual Office Hour on October 20th, 2022 providing information on current solicitations and Dear Colleague Letters the community might wish to investigate before moving on to our topic of the month, the Integrative Research in Biology (IntBIO, NSF 21-622) funding opportunity.  …

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Is the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) program right for your research?

Full Proposal Deadline is November 16, 2022   IOS would like to bring your attention to the EEID program, which seeks to support highly integrative research that focuses on understanding disease transmission and the myriad factors that influence it. The solicitation, NSF 22-260, describes the details of how to apply to the program. This multi-agency program …

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What is an NSF Dear Colleague Letter (DCL)?

Did you just receive another announcement of a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) from the NSF? Are you wondering what it really means? DCLs provide a means for rapid communication from the agency and are also used to highlight specific areas of research we’d like to see represented in our submissions. DCLs vs. SolicitationsThe DCL is …

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Did You Know? Opportunities within NSF to Fund International Collaborative Research Efforts 

This post addresses questions about how NSF might fund international collaborations... including a few considerations and options.  This non-exhaustive summary identifies several paths for international collaborations and we encourage those interested in seeking support for these to contact the Program Directors associated with opportunities appropriate to your project.     As part of its mission to support …

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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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RePost: DCL: Planning Proposals to Catalyze Innovative and Inclusive Wildland Fire Science through Diverse Collaborations

RePost from DEBrief To begin to address the complex issues posed by wildland fires, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recently published a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL). This DCL calls for proposals that engage diverse stakeholders and rights holders in innovative and inclusive wildland fire science. A planning proposal is a type of proposal used to …

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IOS Bids Farewell to John McDowell

John McDowell was a program director in IOS for the past year within the Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) program. John was involved with numerous other NSF activities outside of PBI while serving as a rotator, including the Synthetic Communities and the BRC-BIO funding opportunities, among others. He is returning to his faculty position at Virginia …

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