In Recognition of all Postdocs Supported by NSF’s Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) – It’s National Postdoc Appreciation Week!

September 19-23, 2022 National postdoc appreciation week. Since 2009, the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has hosted a National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) in recognition of the outstanding contributions that postdoctoral researchers make to the U.S. scientific enterprise.  BIO sends its thanks to all postdocs for their hard work and dedication to advancing the science supported …

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Did you miss it? The Partnership to Advance Conservation Science and Practice (PACSP) Webinar Highlights 

PACSP hosted a program Webinar on 22 Aug 2022.  The webinar featured some highlights of the program solicitation followed by Program Directors answering questions from the audience.  A recording of the slide presentation shown at the webinar is available from the PACSP Program page. Some of the questions posed via email are answered below.   Will …

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IOS Program Directors Attending 2022 Summer Conferences!

Summer is the time for scientific conferences, and your IOS Program Directors (PDs) are attending several. Depending on the conference, PDs will have different levels of engagement but the goal at any conference is for PDs to meet members of the scientific community – just like you. PDs may be giving talks in sessions on …

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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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Repost: BIO hosts annual HBCU-EIR proposal writing workshops

Sharing this announcement from our colleagues at MCB. On June 7 and June 13, program directors from the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) will be hosting two proposal writing workshops geared toward faculty members who teach and conduct research at HBCUs. The proposal writing workshop includes information on the basics of merit review as well …

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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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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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Did you miss it? January 2022 Virtual Office Hours Recap: Organismal Response to Climate Change

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) held a Virtual Office Hour on January 20, 2022 providing information on the Organismal Response to Climate Change solicitation (ORCC; 22-513). The slides are available HERE The ORCC opportunity encourages integrative, cross-disciplinary research that examines the organismal mechanisms that underlie adaptive or maladaptive responses to environmental factors associated …

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Being an NSF rotating Program Director

One of the amazing, and perhaps not fully appreciated, aspects of NSF is the incorporation of temporary or rotating Program Directors in its scientific staff. This opportunity allows for scientists, engineers, and educators to join NSF on a temporary appointment to participate in NSF’s mission to promote the process of science. To the benefit of …

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Did you miss it? December 2021 Virtual Office Hours Recap: Mid-Career Advancement

The slides are available HERE  The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) held a Virtual Office Hour on 16 December 2021 providing information on the Mid-Career Advancement solicitation (MCA, NSF 21-516). We were joined by program directors who work directly on this funding opportunity. The MCA funding opportunity focuses on researchers at the Associate Professor …

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