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Are you getting ready to publish your work that was funded by NSF? Do you have a really successful outreach activity?

This is a reminder to inform your Program Director about significant discoveries in your research or accomplishments in broader impacts in your annual reports. This type of information is often used by BIO in reporting program outcomes to NSF’s senior administration, the White House, and Congress.   We would also appreciate advanced notification of any high-profile publications or other high-profile …

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I3: How much preliminary data do you need?

Preliminary data. There’s no doubt that it strengthens your proposal but how much is enough? Is there such a thing as too much preliminary data? Preliminary data can serve many purposes: as a basis for what you are proposing; to demonstrate that your hypothesis has merit; and, to show that the techniques work well in …

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I3: Remember to go to Office Hours!

Hey, do you know that all four BIO divisions have Virtual Office Hours? And haven’t we all told students (or been told!) to make use of a professor’s office hours? So why aren’t you coming to office hours? We want to specifically highlight the Virtual Office Hours of DBI (Division of Biological Infrastructure) because of …

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I3: Hints for a New PI Interested in Applying for NSF funding

Dear New PI, Congratulations! You’ve gotten yourself a faculty position. This is a fantastic accomplishment and one you should be extremely proud of! But now, you need to start thinking about ways to maintain support for your research laboratory. After a quick Google search for NSF funding opportunities, you might feel completely overwhelmed and not …

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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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Insights from Inside IOS (I3): Suggesting Reviewers or non-Reviewers for your proposal

As we posted in the announcements section, we’re starting a series of blog posts designed to give you the inside scoop on the thoughts of Program Directors (PDs) within IOS. We’re calling this series “Insights from Inside IOS” or “I3.”  The purpose of the series is to discuss a variety of subjects related to submitting …

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Ask a PD: When to submit and other question about no deadlines review

Q: When is the best time to submit a proposal? Ans: The best time to submit is as soon as you think your proposal is ready! With no deadlines, program directors are not required to have panels during specific times of the year. Instead they can convene a panel as soon as they feel they …

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