UPDATE 8/31/18: All three IOS Solicitations are now Available Online! See this post for details

Update on No-Deadline Solicitation: IOS No Deadline Solicitation Update 8/31/2018 We announced in October 2017 that BIO would implement a "no-deadline" full proposals submission in 2018 and that all four divisions would release new solicitations in mid-2018 (for more information on no-deadlines, check out the Dear Colleague Letter and associated FAQs). It's mid-August and I …

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Rules of Life: Dear Colleague Letter: Deadlines Announced

The Directorate for Biological Sciences released a new Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) Rules of life (RoL): Forecasting and Emergence in Living Systems (FELS) that will solicit research proposals that can forecast the direction and dynamics of change in living systems. The DCL describes the opportunity to identify areas where such rules may exist, to catalyze …

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Ask a PD: Initial Questions About No Deadline Submission

 In early October, BIO released a Dear Colleague Letter (and associated FAQs) announcing that all its divisions including IOS will move to a “no deadlines” review process when new solicitations are released end of summer 2018. Since then we have received many questions about the process from panelists, by email and by phone that were not covered …

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External Report from Abt on Preliminary Proposals

In 2012, IOS and DEB (the Division of Environmental Biology) instituted major changes to the proposal submission process, piloting a program now well known as the preliminary proposal system.  DEB and IOS switched to an annual submission deadline, capped the number of proposals a PI can submit at two, and required a four-page preliminary proposal be …

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New PGRP Solicitation

Proposal submission - any day, any time As you may have heard, IOS recently made some changes to the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP). The new PGRP solicitation (NSF 16-614) was released on 28 September, 2016. You will find it includes a few changes, as well as some familiar opportunities and some new offerings. The changes include relaxed submission …

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Preparing a Full Proposal: Results from Prior NSF Support

This is one in a series of blog entries with tips for preparing a full proposal for the upcoming August 5, 2016 deadline for the IOS core programs track. It is not intended to be a complete set of instructions, rather to provide some tips about common issues and useful additional information. Please consult the …

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Developing a National Research Infrastructure for Neuroscience (NeuroNex)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced via a Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 16-047) its intention to foster the development of a national research infrastructure for neuroscience through a phased approach. The goal is to support collaborative and team science for achieving a comprehensive understanding of the brain. As part of this effort, the NSF …

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