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I3: When is the best time to submit a proposal?

Ever since BIO moved to no deadlines for core solicitations, PIs continually ask the question “When is the best time for me to submit my proposal?”  The short and simple answer is when the proposal is ready!  How do you know when that proposal is ready? We recommend that you have colleagues both in and …

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Insights from Inside IOS (I3): What to do with a not-so-positive proposal review

We’ve all been there. Submitted what we thought was an amazing proposal, only to have a panel of reviewers find fault with it. So, what do you as the proposal Principal Investigator do now?   Many Program Directors (PDs) have submitted proposals that were rejected before they joined NSF. We all feel that neither getting a …

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Repost: Using the Rules of Life to Address Societal Challenges

We are sharing this event announcement from our NSF colleagues. We need your help to 'hack' the Rules of Life – to deepen our understanding and consider how those Rules might be used to tackle pressing societal challenges. In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of 'Big Ideas,' 10 bold, long-term research …

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Do you know what to report in Current and Pending Support and elsewhere?

Check out the guidance table from NSF’s Policy OfficeNSF has issued an updated version of the table entitled NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support. The updated table, dated January 10, 2022, clarifies what information is expected in the Biographical Sketch, Current and Pending support, Facilities document, …

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Repost: Your Project Titles Matter, Choose Wisely

Repost from our colleagues in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB). Project titles matter because they partially determine who will end up reviewing your proposals. Unlike the situation with journals, where an editor can share the abstract of a manuscript with a potential reviewer, all NSF can share is the title. This comes into play …

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REPOST: Upcoming NSF Merit Review Survey

REPOST from our colleagues in the Directorate for Biological Sciences Dear Colleagues,  Next week, recent NSF applicants and reviewers will be emailed a survey link to provide feedback on their experience with the merit review process. Eligible individuals will be those who have submitted and/or reviewed proposals between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020. Results from this …

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Repost: BIO Virtual Drop-In Session for ESA

Repost from our colleagues in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB). Please join NSF Program Officers from the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) and the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) on Wednesday August 11th anytime from 11 am to 2 pm Eastern time for an informal question and answer session. Be sure and register in advance …

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Repost: Fourth Interdisciplinary Workshop in Series on Pandemic Prediction and Prevention Approaching

Repost from our colleagues in the Directorate for Biological Sciences. The Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO); Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE); Engineering (ENG); Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE); and the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have jointly supported a series of interdisciplinary workshops to engage …

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