Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
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Cellular Processes Special Announcement
PD 04-1114 has been archived. Principal Investigators wishing to submit proposals to the Cellular Processes Cluster should apply to NSF 13-510.
Important Notice to Proposers
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.
Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.
A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.
The Cellular Systems Cluster, one of three thematic areas within the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, supports research, across all taxa, into the structure and organization of cells and the dynamics of cellular processes. Cell Biology is at a juncture where powerful new techniques in microscopy and biophysics (including live cell imaging, and the ability to study molecular function and behavior in the cell at high resolution, down to the single molecule level) are advancing rapidly. At the same time, modeling and computational approaches have developed to the point where they can, in concert with accurate and informative experimental datasets, generate predictive models that can be tested experimentally. The Cellular Systems cluster is interested not only in traditional areas of cell biology (such as the organization, function, and dynamics of membranes, organelles and other subcellular compartments, and intracellular and transmembrane signal transduction mechanisms and cell-cell signaling processes) but also in the development of quantitative, theory-driven approaches to cell biology that integrate experimental studies at the molecular genetic, biochemical, biophysical, transcriptomic and proteomic levels. Network theory (e.g., as applied to signal transduction) and molecular dynamic modeling (e.g., as applied to the structure/function relationships of cellular structures) are also of particular interest. While proposals using approaches and model systems traditional in the field of cell biology are welcome, studies focused on novel, unique approaches and on non-traditional model organisms are encouraged.
Richard Rodewald. Cellular organization, compartmentation, biogenesis of organelles and regulation.
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program