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Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

Developmental Systems

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Name Email Phone Room
Steven  L. Klein (703) 292-8417  685N  
Philip  W. Becraft (703) 292-8417  685N  
Matthew  J. Buechner (703) 292 8417  685N  


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The Developmental Systems Cluster supports research aimed at understanding how interacting developmental processes give rise to the emergent properties of organisms.  Systems level approaches to understanding these processes at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels of organization, combining the use of molecular, genetic, biochemical, and physiological techniques as well as techniques from outside biology are encouraged.  The Developmental Systems Cluster is also particularly interested in understanding how emergent properties result in the development of complex phenotypes and lead to the evolution of developmental mechanisms.

Proposals should be submitted to one of the three programs below:

The Plant, Fungal and Microbial Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research that addresses developmental processes in plants from algae to angiosperms, microbes and fungi.

The Animal Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research that seeks to understand the processes that result in the complex phenotypes of animals.  Because different organisms may be more amenable to certain approaches than others, analyses of development in a wide range of different species are encouraged. Proposals directed to study the development of the Nervous System should be submitted to the Organization Program of the Neural Systems Cluster (see below).

The Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms Program supports research to discover the developmental processes that are shared by all organisms, and also those processes that produce diversity (phenotypic variation within a species and/or between species).  For example, the program is interested in elucidating how gene networks are modified to generate different phenotypic outcomes.  Understanding these processes will likely require inter-disciplinary and collaborative approaches using a wide range of organisms.

Program Directors:

Steven Klein.  Animal Developmental Mechanisms; Animal Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms, Evolution and Developmental Mechanisms of Plants, Fungi & Microbes

Philip Becraft.  Plant, Fungal & Microbial Evolution and Developmental Mechanisms

Matthew Buechner.  Animal Developmental Mechanisms; Animal Evolution of Developmental Mechanisms




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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

An Integrative Developmental Biology Workshop Report

Dear Colleague Letter: Integration of Development and Physiology: Mechanisms Shaping Animals

Frequently Asked Questions to NSF 16-505