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DCL: Implementation of Proposal Submission through for BIO "No Deadline" Solicitations

September 29, 2020

The NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) will implement a requirement for submission of full proposals via (or for certain program solicitations in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB), the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS), the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), and in the Research Resources Cluster of the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI), as outlined in a recent Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 20-129).

Newly released solicitations for the impacted programs will be published in the coming weeks at which point the community should submit to these solicitations through After a 90-day grace period, during which submissions will still be allowed through FastLane, the new solicitations will no longer be available in FastLane, and any new proposals must be submitted through Research.Gov (or Grants.Gov).

For more information, the community is invited to participate in a series of BIO-wide virtual office hours. The dates and times of office hours are:

  • Monday, October 19 11AM-12PM
  • Tuesday, October 20 10AM-11AM
  • Wednesday, October 21 1PM-2PM
  • Thursday, October 22 3PM-4PM

All times are EDT. To register, please click here.

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