Check out these solicitation updates! 

As a new fiscal year approaches NSF often makes updates to existing solicitations. Be sure to use the most up to date version of any solicitation to which you intend to submit.  Some recent updates in the BIO Directorate and others of interest to the IOS community are below in order of upcoming submission deadlines.   

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) (21-602)

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.  

The GRFP provides three years of support over a five-year fellowship period for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF actively encourages women, persons who are members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply. 

This program has discipline specific due dates the week of October 18, 2021. 

Find the solicitation HERE

Brain-inspired Dynamics for Engineering Energy-Efficient Circuits and Artificial Intelligence (BRAID) (21-615) 

The National Science Foundation and the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Program recently announced the addition of a new research focus area entitled Brain-inspired Dynamics for Engineering Energy-Efficient Circuits and Artificial Intelligence (BRAID). This topic will support interdisciplinary research to create a new engineering science of brain-inspired engineered learning systems.  

Neuroscience research is in a period of explosive growth, producing new understanding of biological learning processes and their efficiency that remains largely untapped. This revolution in our understanding of the brain has revealed, for example, the critical interplay of temporal dynamics across time scales from milliseconds to lifetimes and neural structures across spatial scales from nanometers to entire brains. BRAID seeks to exploit emerging advances in neuroscience for the design of engineered learning systems that would exhibit the flexibility, robustness, and efficiency of biological intelligence, exemplified respectively by the continual and causal learning needed for adaptive autonomy, the abstraction and generalization needed to learn from few examples and to identify relevant strategies from previously learned concepts and contexts, and the energy efficiency needed to extend the benefits of learning and autonomy throughout the built environment.  

Each proposal submitted in response to the BRAID area of the EFRI solicitation must address at least two out of the three research threads (shown below): 

•Thread 1: Theoretical Neuroscience 

•Thread 2: Brain-informed Hardware Design   

•Thread 3: Algorithmic Learning for Resilient Adaptive Technologies 

While responses to all three Threads are encouraged, response to Thread 1 is mandatory. 

The Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) Office will host an informational webinar at 2 PM EDT on October 15, 2021, to discuss the EFRI program and answer questions about the FY 2022/23 solicitation. To register for this webinar, go to this link:

This program has Letters of Intent due on November 10, 2021. Preliminary Proposal will be due on December 16, 2021. Full Proposal will be due on March 10, 2022

Find the solicitation HERE

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) (21-609) 

The multi-agency Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, organismal, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme of submitted projects must be the quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease (re)emergence and transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. 

This program has a Full proposal due date of November 24, 2021. 

Find the solicitation HERE

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) (21-614) 

The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology.  For applications under this solicitation, these areas are (1) Broadening Participation of Groups Underrepresented in Biology, (2) Integrative Research Investigating the Rules of Life Governing Interactions Between Genomes, Environment and Phenotypes, and (3) Plant Genome Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. 

Check out a recap of the virtual office hours our colleagues in the Division of Environmental Biology just hosted on the PRFB program. 

This program has a Full proposal due date of December 6, 2021. 

Find the solicitation HERE

Biology Integration Institutes (BII) (21-619) 

The aim of this solicitation is to bring researchers together around the common goal of understanding how the processes that sustain life and enable biological innovation operate and interact within and across different scales of organization, from molecules to cells, tissues to organisms, species, ecosystems, biomes and the entire Earth. The Biology Integration Institutes (BII) program supports collaborative teams of researchers investigating questions that span multiple disciplines within and beyond biology.  

This program has a Full proposal due date of January 12, 2022. 

Find the solicitation HERE

Integrative Research in Biology (IntBIO) (21-622) 

The Integrative Research in Biology (IntBIO) program invites submission of collaborative proposals that tackle bold questions in biology and require an integrated approach to make substantive progress. Integrative biological research spans subdisciplines and incorporates cutting-edge methods, tools, and concepts from each to produce groundbreaking biological discovery. The research should be synergistic and produce novel, holistic understanding of how biological systems function and interact across different scales of organization, e.g., from molecules to cells, tissues to organisms, species to ecosystems and the entire Earth. 

This program has a Full proposal due date of January 25, 2022. 

Find the solicitation HERE