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Congratulations to the 2013 BREAD Ideas Challenge Winners! Of the hundreds of entrants from around the world, thirteen competitors have been chosen as the 2013 BREAD Ideas Challenge Winners! Read the press release and see the BREAD Ideas Challenge website for more information about the winners and their prize-winning challenges, as well as updates on the upcoming EAGER competition.

Thank you again to everyone who submitted your challenges, and stay tuned for announcements throughout the summer!

Diane Jofuku Okamuro, (703) 292-4400
Room 690N

Anne W. Sylvester, (703)292-4400
Room 690N

Wayne Parrott, (703)292-4400
Room 690N

Solicitation 14-533

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.

Activities in four focus areas will be supported in FY 2014: (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) Advancing Basic Research in Economically Important Crop Plants (ABR-PG) to develop sequence resources that are critically needed to enable basic research resources in crop plants. 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 ( are considered by the PGRP. Early-career investigators are strongly encouraged to contact a PGRP Program Director for further guidance.

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

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)



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