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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology  (PRFB)

PRFB Solicitation Update

The PRFB solicitation is currently being revised, with an expected release of a new solicitation in late summer. Please check this webpage for updates and contact the program at if you have any questions.


ATTENTION: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) solicitation (NSF 15-501) applicants.


The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) solicitation (NSF 15-501) requires applicants to indicate U.S. citizenship status; however, the ability to update this information is no longer functional in FastLane. Please indicate citizenship status by entering the country of citizenship on Line K of the Application Form. In addition, please note that the proposal submission deadline of November 6, 2018 is now EXTENDED to November 8, 2018 5:00PM submitter's local time, due to a previously scheduled NSF data system maintenance shutdown (November 3-4). For more information, please see


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COA Documentation

Please note: For applicants submitting proposals to the FY2018 PRFB competition, a Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) document is not required.

Name Email Phone Room
Amanda  A. Simcox (Areas 1, 2 & 4) (703) 292-2532   
Diane  J. Okamuro (Area 3) (703) 292-8420   


Solicitation  19-597


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    November 19, 2019


The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology.  The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site.  For applications under this solicitation, these areas are (1) Broadening Participation of Groups Underrepresented in Biology, (2) Interdisciplinary Research Using Biological Collections, (3) National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and (4) Integrative Research Investigating the Rules of Life Governing Interactions Between Genomes, Environment and Phenotypes.  

The fellowships are also designed to provide active mentoring of the Fellows by the sponsoring scientists who will benefit from having these talented young scientists in their research groups. The research and training plan of each fellowship must address important scientific questions within the scope of BIO and the specific guidelines in this fellowship program solicitation. Because the fellowships are offered to postdoctoral scientists only early in their careers, NSF encourages doctoral students to discuss the availability of these postdoctoral fellowships with their doctoral mentors and potential postdoctoral sponsors early in their doctoral programs to take advantage of this funding opportunity. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.


This program provides educational opportunities for  Postdoctoral Fellows. Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program