Plant Genome Research Program  (PGRP)

PGRP Solicitation Update

May 25, 2018

The PGRP solicitation NSF 16-614; is currently under revision, with the expected release of a new solicitation in mid to late summer. The current solicitation will not accept applications after June 8, 2018. The revised PGRP solicitation will begin accepting proposals on a rolling deadline as soon as it is released. The revised solicitation will accommodate research topics consistent with the current solicitation, so there is no need to rush to submit proposals. Please contact the program at, if you have any questions.

Announcing a new funding opportunity through PGRP!

A recently released Dear Colleague Letter, NSF 18-039,  announces a new funding opportunity to develop breakthrough enabling technologies for functional genomics and crop breeding. The multiagency, international collaboration includes NSF, USDA-NIFA and the BBSRC.

The deadline for submitting the summary of an EArly-concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) project is March 14, 2018.  The front page for the summary submission is available here.  Please review the DCL for details about the opportunity and submission process.

Contact for more information.

Important Announcements

  • The Dear Colleague Letter for Developing Country Collaborations in Plant Genome Research is no longer available until further notice.
  • The BREAD Program is not available to receive applications. The future of the BREAD program is under discussion and information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

(updated: September 12, 2017)

Name Email Phone Room
Anne  W. Sylvester (703) 292-7168  E12324  
Eric  Lyons (703) 292-4400  C12039  
Timothy  Nelson (703) 292-4400  E12300  
Clifford  Weil (703) 292-8712  E12317  


Solicitation  16-614

Important Information for Proposers

ATTENTION: Proposers using the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template for more than 10 senior project personnel will encounter proposal print preview issues. Please see the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information website for updated guidance.

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 18-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


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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).



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