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Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

Behavioral Systems Cluster

Name Email Phone Room
Michael  Beecher (703) 292-8423  685 S  
John  Byers (703) 292-8423  685 S  
Michael  Mishkind (703) 292-8413  685 S  
Diane  M. Witt (703) 292-8423  685 S  


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Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.




The Behavioral Systems thematic area focuses on the development, function, mechanisms, and evolution of behavior, biological rhythms, and interactions between organisms including animals, plants, and microbes. This area supports research on social and reproductive behavior; behavioral ecology and physiology; neural and hormonal mechanisms of behavior; immunology of behavior; animal cognition and communication. Behavioral Systems encompasses physiological responses, chemical communication, and reproductive consequences of plant interactions with other organisms. Proposals that use functional genomics to understand physiological and behavioral adaptations to environmental stimuli and stress are encouraged.

Program Directors:

Diane Witt. Behavioral Neuroscience and Neuroendocrinology, neural mechanisms underlying behavior and neuroendocrine regulation of brain-behavior relationships, including reproductive/social behavior, learning and memory, and biological rhythms in animals

Michael Beecher. Ontogeny, phylogeny, causation, and function of behavior

John Byers. Ontogeny, phylogeny, causation, and function of behavior

Michael Mishkind. Plant-Biotic Interactions, molecular and physiological responses to pathogens and non-pathogenic organisms


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program