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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/DEB - UK NERC Lead Agency Opportunity.  Click here for details regarding this funding opportunity

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/DEB - US-Israel BSF International Opportunity. Click here for details regarding this funding opportunity.

A Dear Colleague Letter encouraging the submission of proposals to the I/UCRC funding opportunity in the fields of engineering biology and cellular biomanufacturing has been released. Read more here.  

Special guidelines for submitting collaborative proposals under the US NSF/BIO - UK BBSRC Lead Agency Pilot Opportunity have been posted. Click here to see the guidelines and solicitations for this DCL.

Please see the most recent Dear Colleague Letter: Preparing Applications to Participate in Phase I Ideas Labs on Undergraduate STEM Education.

Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development
(NSF  15-538) Posted January 27, 2015

Long Term Ecological Research
(NSF  15-535) Posted January 6, 2015

Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2015
(NSF  15-533) Posted December 22, 2014

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM
(NSF  15-528) Posted December 12, 2014

Research Coordination Networks
(NSF  15-527) Posted December 2, 2014

Upcoming Due Dates See All

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
(NSF  15-519) Letter of Intent: February 2, 2015

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - SSE & SSI
(NSF  14-520) Full Proposal: February 2, 2015, SSE proposals

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2
(NSF  15-517) Full Proposal: February 20, 2015

Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering
(NSF  15-524) Full Proposal: February 24, 2015

Research Coordination Networks
(NSF  15-527) Full Proposal: March 2, 2015, RCN-UBE & UBE Incubator Track

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News See All
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Released January 30, 2015
Media Advisory
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Released January 26, 2015
News From the Field
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Released June 12, 2013
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
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Five new such diseases expected each year; strategies to reduce climate change adaptable to infectious diseases
Released  December 16, 2014

James L. Olds Meet James L. Olds, the new head of NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences
A conversation with James L. Olds
Released  December 4, 2014

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June 1, 2015  - June 2, 2015
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