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The Process of Co-Review – A Peek Behind The Curtain

Although most proposals are submitted to a specific program in IOS, some proposals are co-reviewed by two or more programs. Co-review continues to be common due to the interdisciplinary nature of IOS science and also because the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) has emphasized the importance of integrating across sub-disciplines in biology. Please see our IOS blog repost on co-review for more details and keep reading if you want a refresher.    A few elements to keep in …

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REPOST: NSF 101: 5 tips on how to work with an NSF program officer

Repost from our colleagues at Science Matters. Are you an undergraduate student thinking about how to get funding for graduate school? An early-career researcher looking to launch your new lab? An established researcher with dozens of years of funding from NSF under your belt? Whatever the phase of your research career, it is a good …

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Demo Site for Research.gov Proposal Preparation Now Available

We are pleased to announce that NSF has launched the Research.gov proposal preparation demonstration site. The new demo site provides an opportunity for Principal Investigators (PI) to create Research.gov proposals prior to submitting proposals for review in the Proposal Submission System. Research.gov demo site features: Initiating Research proposals (other proposal types will be added to …

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Finding the Managing Program Director for your Award

We encourage investigators to contact the managing Program Director for their awards if they have any questions about supplements, annual or final reports, budgets, or other post-award processes.  If you need contact information, there are several ways to find the information: 1) Look up your award in Research.gov – as you might do when preparing …

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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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