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Division of Environmental Biology  (DEB)

Fall 2016 DEB Panel Decisions

DEB’s first priority is processing the decline notices. We’re trying to get your reviews back to you to provide as much time as possible to consider your options for January pre-proposal submissions. If your proposal fell into the definite decline group, then you’ll be getting an official notice from DEB. We are planning to have all declines approved by close of business (COB) December 20, 2016.

If your proposal fell into the definite award group or is a potential award/decline, you will first be getting a call or email from your Program Officer. Investigators in this group should hear from their Program Officers by COB December 20, 2016. Note, we expect official award recommendation dates and actions to occur later than usual this year for reasons related to the fiscal year budget.

After December 20, if you have not received any communication from DEB, first check your spam folder and then look up your proposal number and contact a Program Officer by phone. The lead PI for a proposal or collaborative group is the designated point of contact; if you are a co-PI, please get in touch with the lead PI and have them inquire.

For more information, see this blog post on the DEB blog.

Last updated: December 8, 2016

Note Guidance on Data Management Plans

BIO has posted revised Guidance on Data Management plans (updated 10/01/15).  Please review before submitting a proposal to the Directorate for Biological Sciences.  

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Division of  Environmental Biology (703) 292-8480   

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:

Inquiries regarding U.K.-Collaborative proposals (NSFDEB-NERC) should be made to:

Inquiries regarding Israeli-Collaborative proposals (NSFDEB-BSF) should be made to:

  • For questions related to the BSF submission email: Mrs. Yael Dressler (; 972 2 5828239)
  • For questions related to DEB submission email:


Solicitation  17-512

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    August 2, 2018

    August 2, Annually Thereafter

Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date

    January 23, 2018

    January 23, Annually Thereafter


The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on organismal origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling.


Ecosystem Science Cluster (ES)

Evolutionary Processes Cluster (EP)

Population and Community Ecology Cluster (PCE)

Systematics and Biodiversity Science Cluster

NSF 11-078 Dear Colleague Letter: BIO Proposal Processing Changes

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program