Plant Genome Research Program
BREAD Ideas Challenge announced
See Dear Colleague Letter at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf13035 for details about the fourth competition.
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.
This program is a continuation of the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) that began in FY 1998 as part of the National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI). Since the inception of the NPGI and the PGRP, there has been a tremendous increase in the availability of functional genomics tools and sequence resources for use in the study of key crop plants and their models. Proposals are welcomed that build on these resources to develop conceptually new and different ideas and strategies to address grand challenge questions in plants of economic importance on a genome-wide scale. There is also a critical need for the development of novel and creative tools to facilitate new experimental approaches or new ways of analyzing genomic data. Especially encouraged are proposals that provide strong and novel training opportunities integral to the research plan and particularly across disciplines that include, but are not limited to, plant physiology, quantitative genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics and engineering.
Four kinds of activity will be supported in FY 2013: (1) Genomics-empowered plant research to tackle fundamental questions in plant sciences on a genome-wide scale; (2) Development of tools and resources for plant genome research including novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery; (3) Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (MCA-PGR) to increase participation of investigators trained primarily in fields other than plant genomics; and, (4) Novel Methods for Generating Physical Frameworks for Plant Genomes (GPF-PG) to develop new and cost effective strategies for the construction of the genomes of plants of economic importance. Proposals addressing these opportunities are welcomed at all scales, from single-investigator projects through multi-investigator, multi-institution projects, commensurate with the scope and scale of the work proposed.
The PGRP encourages proposals from investigators and institutions that have not participated in the program before. Proposals are encouraged from early-career investigators and proposals submitted to the CAREER program (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214&org=BIO) are considered by the PGRP. Early-career investigators are strongly encouraged to contact a PGRP Program Director for further guidance.
FUNDED AS PART OF THIS ACTIVITY
Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development
Developing Country Collaborations in Plant Genome Research (DCC-PGR)
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology
PGR Staff Directory
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)
Achievements of the National Plant Genome Initiative and New Horizons in Plant Biology
Plant Genome Database (PlantGDB)
Plant Genomics Research Outreach Portal (PGROP)
Video: Secrets of Plant Genomes revealed
Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Program
THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF
Additional Funding Opportunities for the DBI Community
Additional Funding Opportunities for the DEB Community
Additional Funding Opportunities for the MCB Community
Opportunities that Highlight International Collaboration
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)