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Directorate for Biological Sciences

Plant Genome Research Program  (PGRP)

2015 PGRP Panel: Proposal Recommendations

Proposals submitted to the NSF 15-548 PGRP competition are still under consideration for funding recommendations. The PGRP Program Directors expect to convey award recommendations by phone or email starting in early November 2015 and over the next few months. Most declines will be received by email notification by the middle of December 2015. Thank you very much for your patience.

Important Announcement

The Dear Colleague Letter for Developing Country Collaborations in Plant Genome Research, which announced the intention to support research collaborations between US scientists and scientists in developing countries as part of ongoing or new Plant Genome Research Program awards, is currently being revised.


Name Email Phone Room
Diane  Jofuku Okamuro dbipgr@nsf.gov (703)292-4400  690N  
Anne  W. Sylvester dbipgr@nsf.gov (703)292-4400  690N  
Timothy  Nelson dbipgr@nsf.gov (703)292-4400  690N  
Wayne  Parrott dbipgr@nsf.gov (703)292-4400  690N  
Scott  Jackson dbipgr@nsf.gov (703)292-4400  690N  


Solicitation  15-548

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


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, plant breeding, quantitative genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics and engineering.

Activities in four focus areas will be supported in FY 2015: (1) Genomics-empowered plant research (RESEARCH-PGR) to tackle fundamental questions in plant sciences on a genome-wide scale; (2) Development of tools and resources for plant genome research (TOOLS-PGR) 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) Early Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (ECA-PGR) to increase the participation of early-career scientists in plant genome research. 

Proposals addressing these opportunities are welcomed at all scales, from single-investigator projects through multi-investigator, multiinstitution 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. 


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)

PGR Reports

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

BREAD Ideas Challenge Dear Colleague Letter



What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)



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