EDGE Deadline Unchanged by Government Shutdown

Deadline for EDGE 2019 is unchanged now that normal NSF operations have resumed. The Enabling Discovery Through GEnomic Tools (EDGE) program deadline is unchanged from the date published in the current EDGE solicitation (NSF 19-527). Proposals are due on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. (submitter’s local time).

The EDGE webinar, scheduled for January 10th, was cancelled due to the lapse in government appropriations. The planned presentation and pertinent program information is attached.

EDGE program officers are available to answer questions via e-mail and during two virtual office hours scheduled for Thursday, January 31st from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST) and Monday, February 4th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST). PIs can connect via the BlueJeans links above. PIs with questions are encouraged to participate in these virtual office hours, or to contact program officers of the EDGE Working Group via BIOIOSEDGE@NSF.GOV. Individual contact information can be located on the EDGE program page.

The new EDGE solicitation contains two separate funding tracks: the comprehensive track and the targeted track.

  • The Comprehensive Track is intended for projects to develop and provide proof-of concept tests of functional genomic tools and infrastructure to enable direct tests of hypotheses about gene function in diverse animals, plants, microbes, fungi and viruses for which such tools and infrastructure are presently unavailable.
  • The Targeted Track is intended to address a single specific bottleneck that impedes either transformation or aspects of husbandry required to produce sufficient biological material (e.g. specific cell types, life history stages, etc.) needed to conduct direct tests of gene function. Targeted track proposals are expected to be smaller in scope and thus have more limited budgets.

EDGE proposals have solicitation-specific criteria, in addition to intellectual merit and broader impacts. The project description must contain five sub-sections: Intellectual Merit, Challenges to Enabling Diverse Organisms, Community Impact, Experimental Approach, and Broader Impacts. In addition, several supplementary documents are required, including a Dissemination and Education Plan and a Project Management Plan (required only for multi-institutional proposals). The description of each sub-section and supplementary document is described in the current EDGE solicitation (NSF 19-527).

The EDGE program is targeted at the development of genomic tools, to allow direct tests of gene function. The EDGE program does not support:

  • Development of new model organisms
  • New approaches for genome-enabled models
  • Exclusive focus on genome sequencing, or bioinformatics tool and pipeline development
  • Exclusive focus on in silico approaches
  • Hypothesis-driven research beyond proof-of-concept validation of EDGE-relevant tools and resources   


To learn what the EDGE Program has funded thus far, see the list of the 21 current EDGE awards.

Contact the EDGE working group: BIOIOSEDGE@NSF.GOV