PRFB Solicitation Update
October 22, 2019
Updated October 22, 2019
Two webinars for applicants were presented. The information presented, as well as questions from participants and the Program Directors' responses, can be viewed at https://www.nsf.gov/bio/dbi/PRFBmaterial.jsp.
Solicitation Revision Notes
- It is anticipated this is the last year that the ‘Interdisciplinary Research Using Biological Collections’ Competitive Area will be offered. However, in future years, it is expected that research using biological collections could be proposed in other Competitive Areas.
- There is a new Competitive Area—‘Integrative Research Investigating the Rules of Life Governing Interactions Between Genomes, Environment and Phenotypes’.
- The eligibility criterion related to tenure in a position requiring a doctoral degree for Competitive Areas ‘Broadening Participation of Groups Underrepresented in Biology’ and ‘Interdisciplinary Research Using Biological Collections’ has increased to 9 full time months. This criterion applies to the new Competitive Area as well.
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