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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

New 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.  

New A Dear Colleague Letter for BRAIN EAGERs to Enable Innovative Neurotechnologies to Reveal the Functional and Emergent Properties of Neural Circuits Underlying Behavior and Cognition has been posted. Click here for details regarding this funding opportunity (March, 2014).

New 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 this DCL applies to. (March, 2014)

New Please see the most recent Dear Colleague Letter: Preparing Applications to Participate in Phase I Ideas Labs on Undergraduate STEM Education (January, 2014).

US and UK scientists collaborate to design crops of the future. Three Ideas Lab projects and a fourth NSF-sponsored project aim to transform future farming while reducing pollution and energy consumption. See Press Release 13-147 for further details.
 

Check out recently announced Forensic Science - Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental and Basic Research and Education (August, 2013).

Congratulations to the 2013 BREAD Ideas Challenge Winners! Read the press release and see the BREAD Ideas Challenge website for more information about the winners and their prize-winning challenges, as well as updates on the upcoming EAGER competition.

If you're a new visitor to the Directorate for Biological Sciences website or just want a quick visual and textual summary of our areas of support, please visit the "About BIO" web page where we have added a new interactive organization chart.

BIO Program Director and Reviewer Opportunities 

See "Additional BIO Resources" on tool bar on the right for other items of interest, including BIO's Guidance on Data Management Plans (required for all proposals).

Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems
(NSF  14-601) Posted August 13, 2014

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
(NSF  14-600) Posted August 13, 2014

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
(NSF  14-592) Posted August 1, 2014

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  14-590) Posted August 1, 2014

Partnerships for International Research and Education
(NSF  14-587) Posted July 21, 2014

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Innovation Corps Teams Program
(NSF  12-602) Full Proposal: September 15, 2014

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Full Proposal: September 22, 2014, Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks: Institutions of Higher Education (PLAN IHE)

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  13-594) Full Proposal: September 26, 2014, Planning Grant and Full Center Proposal

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Full Proposal: October 3, 2014, Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks: STEM Disciplines (PLAN D)

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences
(NSF  13-568) Full Proposal: October 9, 2014

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News See All
river flowing NSF and NIFA award $25 million in grants for study of water sustainability and climate
Released August 29, 2014
Press Release
I-Corps logo and image of a scientist woman looking at a plant NSF expands the National Innovation Network with two new I-Corps nodes
Released August 26, 2014
Press Release
News thumbnail The BRAIN Initiative
Released June 12, 2013
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
Patricia Wright shouldering a lemur Renowned scientist/conservationist Patricia Wright campaigns to save severely endangered lemurs
Patricia Wright describes her passion for lemurs in a video interview
Released  August 27, 2014

Loihi Seamount structures built by iron-oxidizing microbes. Rust villages of the deep: In Pele's shadow, iron oxide, or rust, comes to life
Elaborate Hawaiian seamount structures built by iron-oxidizing microbes
Released  August 7, 2014

Events Calendar See All

September 8, 2014
Education and Human Resources Open House
Outreach

September 10, 2014  - September 11, 2014
September 2014 Advsiory Committee Meeting for the Directorate for Biological Sciences
Advisory Committee Meeting

October 6, 2014  - October 7, 2014
NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA
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