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Funding Opportunities at NSF Mark Courtney Program Director Division of Environmental Biology Agenda • ORGANIZATION • FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES – Core Activities (ongoing) – Emerging Frontiers – Developing Expertise – Increasing Diversity – Instrumentation Resources – New & Upcoming Opportunities Pardon me, but could you tell us where the public trough is? Executive Branch Executive Office of the President Office of Science Advisor Other boards, Management councils, etc. and Budget OSTP Major Departments Independent Agencies Health and Agriculture Human Interior Trans. NASA EPA Services Homeland Nuclear Defense Energy Commerce Smith. Regulatory Other Security agencies Institution Commission Legislative Branch NSF, NASA, NIST, OSTP Appropriations sub-Committees House: Senate: Science, State, Justice Commerce, Justice and and Commerce Science NSF… NSF … - supplies most of the Federal support for basic research in "non-medical biological sciences" at U.S. academic institutions (ca. same for "environmental biology") NSF Other 65% federal spending 35% National Science Board Office of Inspector General National Science Foundation Director Deputy Director Office of the Director Directorates • Legislative & Public • Biological Sciences Affairs • Comp. & Info. Science & Engineering • Equal Opportunity Prog. • Education & Human Resources • Engineering • General Counsel • Geosciences • Integrative Activities actions • Mathematical & Physical Sciences • Polar Programs • Social, Behaviorial & Econ. Sciences • Cyberinfrastructure Offices • International Programs • Budget, Finance & Award Management • Information & Resource Management Agenda • ORGANIZATION • FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES – Core Activities (ongoing) – Emerging Frontiers – Developing Expertise – Increasing Diversity – Instrumentation Resources – New & Upcoming Opportunities Funding Opportunities Where’s the treasure? Please get to know your friendly NSF home page… http://www.nsf.gov BIO Homepage www.nsf.gov/bio Proposal Policy Changes • NSF’s new Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide is now in use • Minimum font size: 10 pt • Required fonts: • Arial • Helvetica • Palatino • Computer Modern • Georgia Publication Number: NSF 07-140 Agenda • ORGANIZATION • FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES – Core Activities (ongoing) – Emerging Frontiers – Developing Expertise – Increasing Diversity – Instrumentation Resources – New & Upcoming Opportunities Directorate for Biological Sciences Emerging Frontiers (EF) Div. of Div. of Div. of Integrative Div. of Molecular & Biological Environmental Organismal Cellular Infrastructure Biology Systems Biosciences (DBI) (DEB) (IOS) (MCB) Human Behavioral Biomolecular Ecological Biology Resources Systems Systems Research Ecosystem Developmental Cellular Systems Resources Science Systems Genes and Genome Population & Neural Systems Evolutionary Processes Systems Plant Genome Research Program Physiological & Functional Systematic Biology & Systems Biodiversity Inventories As of February 2007 BIO Target dates for unsolicited proposals January 9 or 12 July 9 or 12 Agenda • ORGANIZATION • FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES – Core Activities (ongoing) – Emerging Frontiers – Developing Expertise – Increasing Diversity – Instrumentation Resources – New & Upcoming Opportunities Research Coordination Networks (RCN) • Encourage and foster interactions among scientists • Create new research directions or advance a field • Support communication and coordination across disciplinary, organizational, institutional, and geographical boundaries • $50,000-100,000 per year for up to 5 years Proposal Target Date: Last Monday in June, annually Contact: Gerald Wilkinson, email@example.com Announcement: NSF 06-567 Ecology of Infectious Diseases (EID) Joint NSF and NIH initiative Supports the development of predictive models and the discovery of principles governing the transmission dynamics of infectious disease agents. Deadline: 2nd Wed in December annually Contact: Sam Scheiner, firstname.lastname@example.org Award Web Page: http://nsf.gov/bio/pubs/awards/eid.htm Announcement: NSF 07-513 Assembling the Tree of Life Project (AToL) Constructing a universal Tree of Life for all 1.7 million named species of organisms on earth Capitalizes on new computational and genomic technologies Encompasses all microbes, fungi, protists, animals and plants Contact: AToL Working Group, BIO-AToL@nsf.gov Announcement: NSF 07-535 The 2010 Project To determine the function of all genes in Arabidopsis thaliana • Determine the function of all genes in Arabidopsis thaliana by the year 2010 • Conduct creative and innovative research in order to determine the function of a network of genes • Development of critical research tools for Arabidopsis functional genomics Contact: Bio2010@nsf.gov Announcement: NSF 06-612 Microbial Genome Sequencing • Support high-throughput sequencing of the genomes of microorganisms (including viruses, bacteria, archaea, fungi, oomycetes and protists) • In collaboration with the USDA • Emphasis on: novel biological functions, ecosystem roles, environmental effects, and genome evolution Contact: Patrick Dennis, email@example.com Announcement: NSF 07-513 Microbial Observatories and Microbial Interactions and Processes (MOMIP) • Develop a network of sites in different habitats to study and understand microbial diversity over time and across environmental gradients. • Establish or participate in an internet-accessible knowledge network to disseminate the information. • Now supports research projects that need not be site- based, and that are smaller and/or shorter in duration than MO projects. Deadline: October 8, 2007 Contact: Matt Kane, firstname.lastname@example.org Announcement: NSF 05-600 Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) • Joint program of three directorates: Biological Sciences, Geosciences, and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences • Focuses on complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales • Topics are inherently interdisciplinary Deadline: see announcement Contact: Saran Twombly, email@example.com Announcement: NSF 06-587 National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) • Foster greater conceptual synthesis in biological evolution • Bring together researchers and educators, extant data and information technology resources. • Develop new tools and cross-disciplinary standards for management of biological information, support data analysis capabilities, and host and curate databases. • Workshops, sabbaticals, postdoctorals Agenda • ORGANIZATION • FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES – Core Activities (ongoing) – Emerging Frontiers – Developing Expertise – Increasing Diversity – Instrumentation Resources – New & Upcoming Opportunities Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) • Supports teacher-scholars • Supports plans that effectively integrate research and education • BIO minimum of $500,000 for 5 years • Check eligibility criteria Deadline: July 17, 2007 Contact: Mark Courtney, firstname.lastname@example.org Announcement: NSF 05-579 Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) • Developed to meet the challenges of educating future Ph.D. scientists and engineers • Emphasizes international training • Multi-institutional award • $2 million over 5 years Deadline: see announcement Contact: Edward Murdy, email@example.com Announcement: NSF 06-589 Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy (PEET) • Training new generations of taxonomists • Translate current expertise into electronic databases • Monographic research and computer infrastructure • Next competition, 2007 • Please see the announcement for more details Contact: Juan Carlos Morales, firstname.lastname@example.org Announcement: NSF 07-519 Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (DDIG) • Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) and the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) • Must pass candidacy by the deadline • Funds research-related costs only • Recent changes: • increased upper limit to $12,000 • allow travel to meetings Deadline: 3rd Friday in November, annually Contact: Mark Courtney, email@example.com Announcement: NSF 05-607 Graduate Research Fellowships • Awarded for graduate study leading to research- based masters or doctoral degrees • Science, mathematics, and engineering • Intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate study • Handled through the Div. of Graduate Education (Education Directorate) • $30,000 / yr for 3 years Contact: Help@nsfgradfellows.org Announcement: NSF 06-592 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) • REU Sites or REU supplements to PIs with existing awards • Intended to attract and retain undergraduates in mathematics, science and engineering • Incorporates active research experience DEB Supplement Deadline: February 1st, annually Contact: Main award’s NSF Program Director Announcement: NSF 05-592 Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) • Support high quality research by faculty with active involvement of undergraduate students • Strengthen the research environment in academic departments that are oriented primarily toward undergraduate instruction Target Date: Same as core programs’ Contact: Michael Mishkind, firstname.lastname@example.org Announcement: NSF 00-144 Research Opportunity Award (ROA) • Supplementary funding through ongoing NSF research grants • Allows faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions to participate in research activities under the aegis of NSF- supported investigators Deadline: Proposals accepted anytime Contact: Main award’s NSF Program Director Announcement: NSF 05-548 Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) • Supplements to current NSF Awards • Helps build long term collaborative relationships between K-12 teachers of science and mathematics and the NSF research community • Encourages researchers to form partnerships with teachers Deadline: Proposals accepted anytime Contact: Main award’s NSF Program Director Announcement: NSF 05-524 Agenda • ORGANIZATION • FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES – Core Activities (ongoing) – Emerging Frontiers – Developing Expertise – Increasing Diversity – Instrumentation Resources – New & Upcoming Opportunities Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships & Supporting Activities • Supports training and research in the areas of biology and social, behavioral, and economic sciences • Offers travel grants for graduate students to visit prospective sponsors • Provides starter research grants for Fellows • NSF hosts an annual meeting of Fellows and their mentors Contact: Carter Kimsey, email@example.com Announcement: NSF 06-586 Undergraduate Research & Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM) • Research Mentoring Awards – proposals should emphasize ways of enabling students from under-represented groups to enter and remain in environmental biology • Travel Awards - awards to professional societies to enable undergraduates from under-represented groups to attend meetings Preliminary proposal deadline: 3rd Tues in Sep Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Announcement: NSF 06-591 Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS) • Supplements current NSF awards • Fosters high school students’ interest in pursuing the biological sciences • Broadens participation Deadline: Proposals accepted anytime Contact: Main award’s NSF Program Director Announcement: NSF 06-027 Agenda • ORGANIZATION • FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES – Core Activities (ongoing) – Emerging Frontiers – Developing Expertise – Increasing Diversity – Instrumentation Resources – New & Upcoming Opportunities Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) • Designed to improve the condition of scientific and engineering equipment and facilities for research and research training • Awards for instrumentation will range from $100,000 to $2 million • Cost sharing at a level of 30% of total eligible costs is required Deadline: 3rd Thursday in January, annually Contact: Joan Frye, email@example.com Announcement: NSF 07-510 Improvements in Facilities, Communications, & Equipment for Research at Biological Field Stations & Marine Laboratories (FSML) • Off-campus facilities for R&E • Preserving access to study areas & organisms • Provide facilities & equipment in close proximity to study areas Deadline: March 7, 2008 Contact: Kandace Binkley, firstname.lastname@example.org Announcement: NSF 05-550 Course, Curriculum, & Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) • Division of Undergraduate Education • Changed substantially in FY 2006 Phase 1, Exploratory Projects - up to $150,000 ($200,000 when 4- year and 2-year institutions collaborate) for 1 to 3 years; Phase 2, Expansion Projects - up to $500,000 for 2 to 4 years; Phase 3, Comprehensive Projects - up to $2,000,000 for 3 to 5 years. Deadline: Phase 2 & 3: January 10, 2008 Contact: Terry Woodin, email@example.com Announcement: NSF 07-543 Agenda • ORGANIZATION • FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES – Core Activities (ongoing) – Emerging Frontiers – Developing Expertise – Increasing Diversity – Instrumentation Resources – New & Upcoming Opportunities Research Initiation Grants (RIG) & Career Advancement Awards (CAA) to Broaden Participation in the Biological Sciences • Increase the number and competitiveness of underrepresented groups in biology and scientists at minority-serving institutions. • For faculty at any college or university. • Proposed activities must facilitate broadening participation by underrepresented groups in biology. • RIG - beginning investigators - for activities (e.g. preliminary data or developing collaborations), in order to formulate competitive grant applications. • CAA – established scientists – to enhance career development and competitiveness (e.g., acquiring new tools, skills). Deadline: 2nd Monday in January, annually Contact: W. Carl Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org Announcement: NSF 07-560 Human & Social Dynamics (HSD) • Multidisciplinary research teams • Focuses on understanding the drivers and consequences of organizational, cultural, and societal change • FY 2008 emphasis areas not yet announced Contact: Rita Teutonico, email@example.com Announcement: NSF 06-604 Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological and Mathematical Sciences (UBM) • Enhance undergraduate training at the intersection of the biological and mathematical sciences • Involve interdisciplinary teams of undergraduates in genuine research projects • Strengthen research and education capacity, infrastructure, and culture of the institution Contact: Sam Scheiner, firstname.lastname@example.org Announcement: NSF 07-539 Science and Society (S&S) Impacts of Biology on Society Examine the relationships among science, engineering, technology, and society. – Ethics and Values – History and Philosophy – Social Studies – Policy Studies Proposal Target Dates: February 1 and August 1, annually Contact: Frederick Kronz, email@example.com Announcement: NSF 06-039 Impacts of Bio on Society NSF 05-588 Science & Society OPUS Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis (OPUS) • Encourage and provide the means to produce integrated analysis and interpretation of a body of research by an individual or team of investigators. • Provide an account that chronicles how stages of research led to cohesive understanding. • Generate insight that points to new directions in research. • 6.5 mths salary and fringe benefits for primary PI; up to $25,000 non-PI salary costs, over 2 years. Deadlines: January 9 and July 9, annually Contact: Mark Courtney, firstname.lastname@example.org Announcement: NSF 06-568 Environmental Genomics (EnGen) • To enhance the development of fundamental knowledge and strengthen the capacity to apply genomics-enabled methods in research on organisms in their natural environments. • Research foci should be appropriate to the themes of interest or purviews of the Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO) and Geosciences (GEO). • If related to polar species or polar ecosystems, proposals should be responsive to the themes and goals of the International Polar Year (IPY), and submitted to the NSF IPY solicitation Contact: email@example.com Announcement: NSF 06-611 International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 • An intense scientific campaign to explore new frontiers in polar science, improve our understanding of the critical role of the polar regions in global processes, and educate the public about the polar regions Contact: Office of Polar Programs Announcement: NSF 07-536 Planetary Biodiversity Inventories (PBI) • To accelerate the discovery & study of the world’ biodiversity. • World wide, species-level systematic inventory of a major group of organisms. Deadline: January 12, 2008 Contact:Patrick Herendeen, firstname.lastname@example.org Announcement: NSF 06-500 Plant Science Cyberinfrastructure (PSCIC) • New program • Create a cyberinfrastructure collaborative for plant science that will enable new conceptual advances through integrative, computational thinking • Scientists from various disciplines will work collaboratively on teams Contact: Christopher Greer, email@example.com Announcement: NSF 06-594 Advancing Theory in Biology (ATB) • Develop new conceptualizations and theoretical approaches to identify fundamental principles that traverse levels of biological complexity • Awards up to $250,000 per year for 3 years Proposal Deadline: July 3, 2007 Contact: Saran Twombly, BioTheory@nsf.gov Announcement: NSF 07-556 National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) • A major research infrastructure activity • Continent-wide network of observatories • State-of-the-art infrastructure will support interdisciplinary, integrated research • Award announcement is forthcoming Contact: Elizabeth Blood, firstname.lastname@example.org NSF Needs You!
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