The next submission window is here (June 1-30) and more information is available!
BRC-BIO, Building Research Capacity for New Faculty in BIO, targets faculty within the first 3 years of their appointment at institutions that are underrepresented in proposal submission to the BIO Directorate and supports the establishment of sustainable research programs that also enrich undergraduate research experiences, thereby growing the STEM workforce.
Institutions underrepresented in proposal submissions to BIO include minority-serving institutions (MSIs), predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and other universities and colleges that are not among the Nation’s most research-intensive institutions. Recognizing that these institutions serve diverse and unique student populations, BRC-BIO hopes to broaden participation by expanding the types of institutions that submit proposals to the Directorate, and expand opportunities to groups underrepresented in the biological sciences, including Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities, especially those at under-resourced institutions.
Awards will provide the means for new faculty to initiate and build independent research programs by enhancing their research capacity. Projects can include biology-focused research collaborations among faculty within the same institution, across peer-, or research-intensive institutions, or partnerships with industry or other non-academic partners that advance the applicant’s research program. However, the primary goal of these awards is to build capacity for research at institutions that focus on teaching and undergraduate education, or that have limited capacity for research. BRC-BIO welcomes proposals from principal investigators who share NSF’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As always, the Program Directors associated with the program are happy to answer any questions you may have. Communicate with them directly via BRC-BIO@nsf.gov.