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Update: NSF-approved Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Formats

Beginning October 5, 2020, proposers will be required to use one of the NSF-approved formats for both the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of NSF proposals. Proposals submitted via FastLane, Research.gov and Grants.gov will be compliance-checked to ensure that the documents were prepared in accordance with this new policy. Use of NSF-approved …

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Updated Data Management Plan Guidance for BIO Investigators

The Office of the Assistant Director (OAD) for the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) has posted an updated version of the guidance for Data Management Plans (DMPs) required in proposals. The updated guidance can be found on the BIO web pages under “Additional Resources” or directly at https://www.nsf.gov/bio/biodmp.jsp. The site notes that “Each DMP should …

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Updates on proposal procedures and submission deadlines:

The new Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG: NSF 20-1) went into effect on June 1, 2020. However, the changes outlined in this new edition for the required Current & Pending Support (C&P) and the Biographical Sketch documents will go into effect for any proposals submitted on or after October 5, 2020. For …

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Tips and Key Notes for Writing Annual Reports! (With advice during the time of COVID-19)

NSF Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-17 Imagine this experience: You’ve received your first (or another) NSF award and all is going well so far. Then, at 9 months in, you receive an automated notice from NSF saying: “Your annual report for NSF award IOS-1234567 is now due.” Surprised, and perhaps a bit panicked, you wonder: …

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Informational EDGE Webinar: January 31, 2:00pm EST

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS), together with the Divisions of Biological Infrastructure (DBI), Environmental Biology (DEB), and Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) in the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation will host a webinar about the Enabling Discovery through GEnomic Tools (EDGE) program. The EDGE program recently released a new …

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Special Message: Happy Thanksgiving and Funding Opportunities

Wishing a very Happy Thanksgiving to all in the IOS-supported research communities! And just in case you need a "break" from all the festivities, here are links to recently released solicitations that describe new funding opportunities you might be interested in: Biology Integration Institutes (BII) NSF 20-508 Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics NSF 20-512 …

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Repost: Upcoming Biology Integration Institutes Webinar

On behalf of our colleagues in the Office of the Assistant Director (OAD), BIO Buzz recently posted about an approaching webinar about the new Solicitation (NSF 20-508) for Biology Integration Institutes posted below. For more information, please go directly to the BIO Buzz Blog to see the original post. "Please join us for the upcoming webinar about the Biology Integration Institutes (BII) …

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GRFP 2020 Applicant Webinar Information Notice

**For applicants interested in pursuing a Graduate Research Fellowship the Program Directors of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) will be hosting a series of webinars to provide information and answer questions.  Please see the schedule below for dates, times, and registration information.  Remember, applications for the Life Sciences (e.g., Biology) is October 21st, 2019.** Dear …

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A Revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (NSF 19-1)

We are pleased to announce that a revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) has been released, and will be effective for proposals submitted on or after February 25, 2019. Some significant changes in this PAPPG NSF 19-1 include: Addition of Research.gov as an option for proposal preparation and submission, and proposal file …

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