We’d like to bring your attention to a new Dear Colleague Letter* (DCL) NSF 21-034 “Dear Colleague Letter: IMAGiNE FG: Functional Genomics,” which was issued December 23, 2020 by the Directorate for Biological Sciences. The focus of NSF 21-034 is to encourage research on the organismal mechanisms, analytical frameworks, and biological theories that advance our understanding of the connection between an organism’s genome and its phenotype, i.e., functional genomics.
The IMAGiNE FG: Functional Genomics DCL encourages the submission of proposals that include the dual criteria of research that:
- Is relevant to any of the programs in the IOS Core Programs solicitation NSF 21-506, the Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) solicitation NSF 20-576, or the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) solicitation NSF 21-507, and
- Addresses obstacles to moving the field of functional genomics forward.
Proposals should be submitted to the IOS program most-closely related to the topic of interest – as determined by the primary questions being asked and the hypotheses being tested. Researchers are strongly encouraged to consult with IOS Program Directors as they are developing their proposals.
This DCL complements and extends the thematic research focus in IOS – Integrating Mechanisms of Adaptation with Genes in Networks and across Environments (IMAGiNE) that was first described in the DCL, NSF 20-044 “IMAGiNE: 2020: Organisms in a Dynamic Environment.” NSF 20-044 is still current and actively encouraging submission of proposals addressing how organism-environment interactions determine the emergence of complex traits.
*Dear Colleague Letters (DCLs) are intended to provide general information to the community, clarify or amend an existing policy or document, or inform the NSF proposer community about upcoming opportunities or special competitions for supplements to existing awards. In addition, DCLs are often used to draw attention to an impending change in NSF policies or programs.
DCLs are listed in the National Science Foundation’s Document Library.
BIO DCLs can be found here.