Advanced Biotechnology and Bioeconomy Research at NSF
As the U.S. envisions an expanding bioeconomy as a cornerstone of its industrial base, NSF is positioned to have a leading role in shaping that vision across the federal sector.
ADVANCES THAT SUPPORT THE BIOECONOMY
Cross-cutting advances in biology, computing, engineering, and mathematics are spurring rapid development of capabilities in biotechnology that drive innovation within the U.S. bioeconomy. Biotechnology comprises the research results and infrastructure, workforce capacity, and innovation that enable the discovery, utilization, and alteration of living organisms, their constituent components, and their biologically related processes. NSF investments to advance biotechnology serve both to accelerate scientific discovery and to enable the harnessing, engineering, and rational modulation of biological systems to create goods and services that contribute to the agriculture, health, security, manufacturing, energy, and environmental sectors of the U.S economy. The economic output of these new goods and services - the bioeconomy - provides substantial societal benefits and enhances U.S. economic growth. Further information on the bioeconomy can be found in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs Office fact sheet on bioeconomy.
NSF INVESTMENT IN BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE BIOECONOMY
Biotechnology is one of NSF's five Industries of the Future. The agency currently supports programs and provides funding opportunities in four priority areas: foundational research, infrastructure, workforce, and translation. Programs in these areas can be found in each Directorate within NSF and across the breadth of the sciences and engineering. The links below can be used to search for current funding and training opportunities, learn about recently funded projects, and to explore what NSF is doing to support the bioeconomy.
CURRENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIESSearch currently open opportunities from across the foundation
- Designing Synthetic Cells Beyond the Bounds of Evolution (Designer Cells)
- Reproducible Cells and Organoids via Directed- Differentiation Encoding (RECODE)
- Understanding the Rules of Life: Microbiome Interactions and Mechanisms (URoL:MIM)
- Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF)
- Molecular Foundations for Biotechnology (MFB)
- Find a funding opportunity page
DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES
- Lectures will be held monthly and available to stream on YouTube. Click here to see a full list of upcoming dates and an archive of recorded past lectures.