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Directorate for Biological Sciences Dear Colleague Letters

Also see the Supplements & Other Opportunities web page at http://www.nsf.gov/bio/supp.jsp for additional funding mechanisms


Dear Colleague Letter - Stimulating research using NEON data added 04/03/15

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/DEB - UK NERC Lead Agency Opportunity added 09/03/14

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/DEB - US-Israel BSF International Opportunity added 09/03/14

Dear Colleague Letter: Forensic Science - Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental and Basic Research and Education added 08/14/13

Accelerating Integrative Research in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (AIR-NCS) added 03/04/13

Rapid Response Research Grants on Research about the Potential Threat of Debris Fields from the March 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami on the West Coast of North America added 08/09/12

Dear Colleague Letter: Beyond the Genome added 06/25/12

Dear Colleague Letter: New Solutions to Create Integrative Data Management Infrastructure(s) for Research Across the Sciences added 06/06/12

Dear Colleague Letter: Unsolicited Proposals at the Interface of the Biological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Engineering added 03/13/12 (Replaces NSF 11-010)

Dear Colleague Letter: Cyberinfrastructure in Support of Biological Sciences added 11/22/11

Dear Colleague Letter: Introducing Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) added 10/06/11

NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS  (NSF-NIST) added 8/29/11

Biological and Computing Shared Principles (BCSP) added 6/1/11

Advancing Revisionary Taxonomy and Systematics (ARTS) added 3/10/11

Dear Colleague Letter for the Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) NSF-Wide Investment Area added 1/10/11

Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CF21)


ARCHIVED DCLs - For reference only

Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Ideas Challenge(ARCHIVED)

Dear Colleague Letter: Wiki for Enabling International Partnerships for the Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development Program (BREAD Wiki) (ARCHIVED)

Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) FY2009 (ARCHIVED)-- Replaced by Solicitation -- see http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503285&org=BIO for details

Dear Colleague Letter for Joint NSF/EPSRC "Sandpit" on Synthetic Biology (Archived)

The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences - implementing an eight month cycle for proposal submission

Emerging Topics in Biogeochemical Cycles (ETBC) (ARCHIVED) The Emerging Topics in Biogeochemical Cycles (ETBC) opportunity has been discontinued. However, proposals aimed at advancing the quantitative and/or mechanistic understanding of biogeochemical cycles over various temporal and/or spatial scales can continue to be submitted to relevant programs in the Geosciences and Biological Sciences Directorates at their regular target or deadline dates. Interdisciplinary proposals bridging the geosciences and biological science disciplines or subdisciplines in the Geosciences Directorate will be co-reviewed by the appropriate programs. Investigators are encouraged to contact the program directors for guidance before the submission.

Enabling Partnerships to Enable Science ("Tools") (ARCHIVED)

Incubator Proposal Opportunity for Research Coordination Networks - Undergraduate Biology Education (ARCHIVED) The call for RCN-UBE proposals is now included in the new RCN solicitation NSF 10-566. Please see that solicitation for details

Life in Transition (LiT) (Archived)

Microbial Systems in the Biosphere (MSB) (ARCHIVED)

Multi-scale Modeling (MSM) (ARCHIVED)See http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503388&org=EF&from=home for details on new initiative.

Revisionary Syntheses in Systematics (REVSYS) (ARCHIVED)

Science, Technology, Society (STS) Program - Impacts of Biology on Society (ARCHIVED)

Upcoming International Opportunity between NSF and JST in Metabolomics (ARCHIVED) replaced by solicitation NSF 11-527 Metabolomics for a Low Carbon Society

Wiki for Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC) collaboration - NSF 11-007 (ARCHIVED)

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