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Plant Genome Research Program  (PGRP)

PGRP solicitation update

There are several notable changes in the current PGRP solicitation (NSF 16-614), including a change to the submission timing. Proposals may now be submitted any day, any time.

Please review the solicitation, the list of Frequently Asked Questions (NSF 17-017), and the latest IOS InFocus blog post for additional details.

Please contact or any PGRP Program Director if you have questions or would like to learn more about the Plant Genome Research Program.

(Last updated: October 24, 2016)

PGRP Informational Webinar

On November 1, 2016 (2-4 PM EDT), the Plant Genome Research Program will conduct a webinar to discuss pertinent changes to the program, including new opportunities, changes in eligibility, and new submission guidelines.

Webinar details can be found here.

Important Announcement

The Dear Colleague Letter for Developing Country Collaborations in Plant Genome Research, which announced the intention to support research collaborations between US scientists and scientists in developing countries as part of ongoing or new Plant Genome Research Program awards, is currently being revised.

Name Email Phone Room
Anne  W. Sylvester (703) 292-4400  675.01  
Timothy  Nelson (703) 292-4400  685N  
Thomas  Okita (703) 292-4400  685N  
C. Eduardo  Vallejos (703) 292-4400  685N  


Solicitation  16-614

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 Accepted Anytime


The Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) supports genome-scale research in plant genomics that addresses challenging questions of biological importance and of relevance to society. The Program encourages the development of innovative tools, technologies and resources that push the boundaries of research capabilities and permit the community to answer seemingly intractable and pressing questions on a genome-wide scale. Emphasis is placed on the creativity of the approach and the scale and depth of the question being addressed. Data produced by plant genomics should be usable, accessible, integrated across scales and of high impact across biology. Training and career advancement in plant genomics is featured as an essential element of scientific progress. The PGRP continues to focus on plants of economic importance and biological processes and interactions that will have broad impact on the scientific research community and society in general.

Four funding opportunities are currently available:

  1. Genome-scale plant research and/or tool development to address fundamental biological questions in plants of economic importance on a genome-wide scale (RESEARCH-PGR);
  2. Plant Transformation Challenge Grants to overcome constraints in plant transformation through breakthrough discoveries (TRANSFORM-PGR);
  3. Data Mining Challenge Grants to mine, reuse and unleash new information from available large-scale datasets (MINE-PGR);
  4. Career Advancement to build new careers in plant genomics as early career awards (ECA-PGR) or mid-career awards (MCA-PGR).


Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology

PGR Staff Directory

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)

PGR Reports

Achievements of the National Plant Genome Initiative and New Horizons in Plant Biology

Video: Secrets of Plant Genomes revealed

Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Program

BREAD Ideas Challenge Dear Colleague Letter

Toronto International Data Release Workshop

Bermuda Principles

Ft. Lauderdale Principles

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