REPOST: From the AD: BIO “No-Deadline” Solicitations Migrating to

September 29, 2020

Repost from the Assistant Director, Directorate for Biological Sciences

As part of NSF’s ongoing efforts to innovate and migrate proposal preparation and submission capabilities from FastLane to (see Important Notice No. 147), the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) has announced that proposal submissions for our “no-deadline” programs will migrate to beginning with revised solicitations to be released in the near future. This change was announced in a Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 20-129) released today and is the first phase of a migration of all NSF solicitations to 

Specifically, the following programs will have new solicitations published in the coming weeks at which point investigators should begin submitting proposals through There will be a grace period of 90-days from the date on which the new solicitations are published during which proposals can still be submitted through FastLane. After the 90-day period, the new solicitations will no longer be available in FastLane and any new proposals must be submitted through Research.Gov (or Grants.Gov).

The programs whose solicitations will migrate from FastLane to are:

  • Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI)
    • Infrastructure Capacity for Biology
    • Infrastructure Innovation for Biological Research
    • Sustained Availability of Biological Infrastructure Core Program
  • Division of Environmental Biology (DEB)
    • Division of Environmental Biology (Core Programs)
  • Division of Integrative Organismal Systems Core Programs (IOS)
    • Division of Integrative Organismal Systems Core Programs (IOS)
    • Plant Biotic Interactions
    • Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP)
  • Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB)
    • Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects (MCB)
    • Transitions to Excellence in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Research (Transitions) improves the user experience while also reducing administrative burden. The system is also flexible enough to meet both users’ changing needs and emerging government requirements. A significant fraction of proposals is already being submitted through and investigators report it to be intuitive to use. We do not anticipate that the change to will have significant impacts on the submission process. This migration will not affect the merit review process in any way.

To support the community through this migration, technical support and FAQs and videos on proposal submission through are available. In addition, we are offering a series of BIO-wide virtual office hours during which you can ask questions of BIO Program Officers.

The virtual office hours will occur on Monday, October 19 at 11 a.m. EDT; Tuesday October 20 at 10 a.m. EDT; Wednesday, October 21 at 1 p.m. EDT; and Thursday, October 22 at 3 p.m. EDT. Members of the community can register for these sessions via

Finally, if you have any immediate questions please reach out to, which is monitored by Program Officers from across BIO.


Joanne S. Tornow, Ph.D.