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Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

Guidance: IOS Full Proposals (due Aug 5)

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems has composed a series of blog posts with tips for preparing a full proposal for the upcoming August 5, 2016, deadline for the IOS core programs track. It is not intended to be a complete set of guidelines, but rather to highlight common issues and provide useful additional information. Please consult the current Grant Proposal Guide and the current IOS solicitation for complete instructions. As always, if you have questions contact your Program Director. (Post 1:

Frequently Asked Questions

The frequently asked questions for the core programs solicitation (NSF 16-505) can be found at  

Name Email Phone Room
Behavioral Systems  Cluster (703) 292-8423  685N  
Developmental Systems  Cluster (703) 292-8417  685N  
Neural Systems  Cluster (703) 292-8421  685N  
Phys. & Struct. Systems  Cluster (703) 292-8413  685N  


Solicitation  17-508

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date:  January 19, 2017

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  August 4, 2017

First Friday in August, Annually Thereafter




The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.

Proposals are welcomed in all of the core scientific program areas supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems.  All investigator-initiated proposals submitted to this solicitation must be invited based on merit review of preliminary proposals. There is a single submission deadline with a limit of 2 preliminary proposals per investigator per year as PI or Co-PI in response to this solicitation. Please see the PAPPG for definition of roles for PI and Co-PI. The PI/Co-PI limits apply only to the preliminary proposals submitted to this solicitation and do not pertain to proposals submitted in response to other IOS or NSF solicitations.

Dear Colleague Letter: BIO Proposal Processing Changes

Frequently Asked Questions for NSF: 16-505 IOS Core Programs Solicitation

IOS Solicitation (NSF 16-505) Webinar released November 17, 2015

Tips for NSF IOS EDGE LOIs from the EDGE Working Group on the IOS Blog


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program