PGRP Solicitation NSF 18-579 has been released!

The new Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) Solicitation (NSF 18-579) is now available online! PGRP is still on no deadline and submissions are welcome at any time. The program will continue to emphasize cutting-edge, genome-scale plant research on biological questions of fundamental, economic and societal importance as well as tool/technology development; however, there are some important changes to point out, including:

  1. TRACKS. The number of tracks has been streamlined to two (RESEARCH-PGR and Tools, Resource and Tech (TRTech-PGR). Not that proposals to improve plant transformation and that primarily utilize existing datasets (the former TRANSFORM-PGR and MINE-PGR tracks) are still of great interest, are strongly encouraged and should now be submitted to the TRTech-PGR track. The Early Career Award (ECA-PGR) Track has been discontinued; however, the Mid-Career Award (MCA-PGR) Track is still available and interested PIs should contact the program for more information before submitting.
  2. NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS PER YEAR. PGRP is part of the Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) Division. As the rest of the Division transitions to the same no deadline policy, IOS is limiting investigators to ONE submission to the Division per fiscal year (Oct 1-Sep 30) as either a PI or a co-PI; submission to PGRP counts towards that limit. Participating in a proposal as a non-co-PI lead of a sub-award or as Senior Personnel does not count against this limit. Submission within the same fiscal year to different Divisions within BIO (MCB, DEB, or DBI) is permitted. This limit does not apply to proposals to the BIO-wide Rules of Life (RoL) track, Research Coordination Network (RCN) proposals, Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools (EDGE) proposals, or CAREER proposals. See the solicitation for further details.
  3. BUDGETS. Proposals from single investigators up to larger teams are welcome; budgets should be commensurate with scope and team size. Given current budgetary constraints, team proposals cannot have a budget total greater than $5 million; most projects typically requires less.
  4. CLEARLY STATING YOUR BIOLOGICAL QUESTION.  The Project Description must now include a clear statement (designated with a heading) of the biological question being addressed or the hypotheses being tested.
  5. DATA RELEASE. The requirements for data and software release, sharing and management have been expanded.
  6. LETTERS. Letters of Collaboration, if included, must all now follow a specific format described in the PAPPG (NSF 18-1).

Applicants are encouraged to read the solicitation carefully for additional details and changes and to contact the Program Directors (Anne Sylvester (, Cliff Weil ( or Eric Lyons ( with any questions.