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Division of Environmental Biology

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June 6, 2017

The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) and the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) and will no longer accept Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) proposals. This decision does not affect DDIGs that are already awarded. A Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 17-094) and accompanying FAQ (NSF 17-095) provide more detail about these changes to the DDIG Program. If you have any questions pertaining to graduate student support under existing awards or future grant proposals, please contact the cognizant program director in the relevant Division.


DEB Program Officer, (703) 292-8480

IOS Program Officer, (703) 292-8423

Students doing international research, having a formal affiliation with a foreign research institution, may contact the appropriate program in NSF’s Office of International and Integrative Activities.

Solicitation 13-568

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.


The National Science Foundation awards Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in selected areas of the biological sciences. Proposals must fall within the scope of any of the clusters in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) or the Behavioral Systems Cluster in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS). These grants provide partial support of doctoral dissertation research for improvement beyond the already existing project. Allowed are costs for doctoral candidates to participate in scientific meetings, to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings, and to expand an existing body of dissertation research.

This program provides educational opportunities for

Graduate Students

. Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.

Additional Funding Opportunities for the DEB Community
Behavioral Systems

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