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Directorate for Biological Sciences

The Advancing Theory in Biology special competition has concluded. If you are interested in submitting a proposal to develop new theory, or to extend existing theory, in the biological sciences, please contact a program officer in the appropriate Division, program or cluster in the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the beginning stages of developing your ideas to discuss suitability for the program.   A staff directory is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/staff/staff_list.jsp?org=BIO&from_org=BIO

Michelle Elekonich
BIOTheory@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7202

Neocles B. Leontis
BIOTheory@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7113

Saran Twombly
BIOTheory@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8133

Solicitation 11-523

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.

Current but no Longer Receiving Proposals

The Biological Sciences Directorate invites submission of proposals that advance our conceptual and theoretical understanding of living systems. The Advancing Theory in Biology (ATB) solicitation supports the development of new theoretical approaches that will improve our understanding of general biological principles that account for phenomena that occur independently across levels of biological organization. Awards will not exceed a total of $750,000 over a three year period. This total includes all participants in collaborative projects.

This is the final year that a separate competition will be held for Advancing Theory in Biology. After this year, the Biological Sciences Directorate will continue to support the development of new theoretical approaches to account for phenomena at different levels of biological organization through proposals submitted to existing core programs in the Directorate. 

Current Activities: no longer receiving proposals - EF

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