On April 18th, 2019 program directors from the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) held the first monthly Virtual Office Hour. Office hours are open to all and will occur on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 1-2 pm eastern. During office hours, a program director from each research cluster in IOS (Behavioral Systems, Developmental Systems, Neural Systems, Physiological and Structural Systems, and the Plant Genome Research Program) is available to answer questions from the community and pass on information to investigators interested in IOS, the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), or NSF. The next Virtual Office Hour will be held on May 16th.
In the first office hour, program directors talked about two recently published solicitations: NSF 19-563 Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience – NeuroNex , and NSF 19-556 Signals in the Soil – NSF-SiTS, and discussed some of the changes in the current IOS solicitation NSF 18-586. Discussion of the IOS solicitation focused on the two tracks, the core track and the Rules of Life track; the changes to no-deadline proposal submission; and, no caps on the number of submissions per investigator (see the links below for previous blog posts on these topics).
During each virtual office hour, program directors will discuss select solicitations or Dear Colleague Letters that describe funding opportunities of relevance to IOS investigators and address questions that IOS investigators have. For example, a popular question in the first office hour focused on the review process under the no-deadline system. You can read a previous blog post about this topic here, but the short answer is that the review process has not changed. As before, proposals are reviewed by a combination of ad hoc and/or panel reviewers to help program directors assess the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposals received, and the review process takes about 5 to 7 months to complete.
Please join the next Virtual Office Hour on May 16th, 2019. Log on information will be available on the IOS Blog and will be sent out by email to IOS investigators.