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IOS has updated the frequently asked questions for the core programs solicitation (NSF 13-600).  They can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13125/nsf13125.jsp.  January 17, 2014 is the next deadline for preliminary proposals. 

Two of the programs in the Physiological and Structural Systems (PSS) Cluster have changed.  The former Processes, Structures and Integrity Program (PSI) has been renamed the Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics Program (PMB). The Organism Environment Interactions (OEI) has been renamed the Integrative Ecological Physiology Program (IEP).   The names and descriptions were updated to better reflect the program priorities.

Irwin Forseth
iforseth@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8413
Room 685N

Miriam Ashley-Ross
MASHLEYR@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8413
Room 685N

Kent D. Chapman
kchapman@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8413
Room 685N

Steve Ellis
stellis@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8413
Room 685N

Liliana Jaso-Friedmann
ljasofri@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8413
Room 685N

Michael Mishkind
mmishkin@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8413
Room 685N

Inna Sokolova
isokolov@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8413
Room 685N

William E. Zamer
wzamer@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8413
Room 685N

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The Physiological and Structural Systems (PSS) Cluster supports research to advance understanding of physiological mechanisms and functional morphology.  PSS supports hypothesis- and discovery-based research encompassing a wide range of approaches at levels of organization from molecules to populations.  The Cluster encourages submission of proposals aimed at identifying fundamental design principles of physiological and structural systems and at understanding why particular patterns of morphology and physiological mechanisms have evolved and how they are integrated at the level of the whole organism.  The Cluster encourages modeling and theoretical approaches to augment experimental approaches.  Multidisciplinary research at the interfaces of biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering is encouraged. Normally, the PSS Cluster will not consider projects that are primarily focused on environmental toxicology or endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Proposals should be directed to one of the three programs described below:

The Symbiosis, Defense and Self-recognition Program (SDS) supports research on processes mediating both antagonistic and beneficial symbiotic interactions, as well as mechanisms of self/non-self recognition within and between species. The program welcomes proposals on the dynamics of initiation, transmission, maintenance and dissolution of these complex associations, including studies of metabolic interactions, immune defenses (especially involving comparative studies, new systems or novel mechanisms), host-symbiont regulation, and recognition, signaling, communication, and reciprocal responses among interacting species. Integrative approaches and attention to emergent effects of symbiotic interactions are encouraged. All aspects of symbiosis are supported, including commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, host-pathogen interactions, and mechanisms of foreign organelle acquisition.

The Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics Program (PMB) supports research on the physiological and structural features that contribute to life processes in plants, animals, microbes, and other organisms.  Broad thematic areas include, but are not limited to sensing and signaling mechanisms, transport, energetics and metabolism, growth and development, stress adaptation mechanisms, biomaterials, muscle physiology, endocrinology, biomechanics, functional morphology, coordination of reproductive processes, gas exchange, circulation and osmoregulation.  Systems approaches that predict or reveal the nature of coordination among functional processes and/or structural components as a means to further the understanding of organismal integrity are particularly encouraged.

The Integrative Ecological Physiology Program (IEP) supports research on the structural and physiological traits of organisms that underlie their capacities to live in various ecological settings.  A central focus of the program is research on physiological mechanisms underlying organism responses to biotic and abiotic components of their environments.  The program seeks proposals framed in explicit ecological or evolutionary contexts, and therefore projects may address time scales ranging from the short-term to evolutionary.  Projects focused on understanding how genetic, biochemical, morphological and physiological processes integratively result in the capacities of organisms to live in dynamic environments are encouraged.  The IEP Program particularly encourages proposals focused on using physiological traits to improve predictive models of organismal responses to global change.

Program Directors:

Irwin Forseth.  Integrative Ecological Physiology

Miriam Ashley-Ross.  Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics

Kent Chapman.  Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics

Steve Ellis.  Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics

Liliana Jaso-Friedmann.  Symbiosis, Defense & Self-recognition

Michael Mishkind. Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics; Symbiosis, Defense & Self-recognition

Inna Sokolova.  Integrative Ecological Physiology

William E. Zamer. Integrative Ecological Physiology

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