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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

New A Dear Colleague Letter encouraging the submission of proposals to the I/UCRC funding opportunity in the fields of engineering biology and cellular biomanufacturing has been released. Read more here.  

New A Dear Colleague Letter for BRAIN EAGERs to Enable Innovative Neurotechnologies to Reveal the Functional and Emergent Properties of Neural Circuits Underlying Behavior and Cognition has been posted. Click here for details regarding this funding opportunity (March, 2014).

New Special guidelines for submitting collaborative proposals under the US NSF/BIO - UK BBSRC Lead Agency Pilot Opportunity have been posted. Click here to see the guidelines and solicitations this DCL applies to. (March, 2014)

New Please see the most recent Dear Colleague Letter: Preparing Applications to Participate in Phase I Ideas Labs on Undergraduate STEM Education (January, 2014).

US and UK scientists collaborate to design crops of the future. Three Ideas Lab projects and a fourth NSF-sponsored project aim to transform future farming while reducing pollution and energy consumption. See Press Release 13-147 for further details.
 

Check out recently announced Forensic Science - Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental and Basic Research and Education (August, 2013).

Congratulations to the 2013 BREAD Ideas Challenge Winners! Read the press release and see the BREAD Ideas Challenge website for more information about the winners and their prize-winning challenges, as well as updates on the upcoming EAGER competition.

If you're a new visitor to the Directorate for Biological Sciences website or just want a quick visual and textual summary of our areas of support, please visit the "About BIO" web page where we have added a new interactive organization chart.

BIO Program Director and Reviewer Opportunities 

See "Additional BIO Resources" on tool bar on the right for other items of interest, including BIO's Guidance on Data Management Plans (required for all proposals).

Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions:
(NSF  14-579) Posted July 1, 2014

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Posted June 3, 2014

Collections in Support of Biological Research
(NSF  14-564) Posted May 9, 2014

Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis
(NSF  14-559) Posted April 23, 2014

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  14-558) Posted April 22, 2014

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
(NSF  14-532) Full Proposal: July 21, 2014, BIO, CISE, EHR

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
(NSF  14-532) Full Proposal: July 22, 2014, ENG

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
(NSF  14-532) Full Proposal: July 23, 2014, GEO, MPS, SBE

Instrument Development for Biological Research
(NSF  13-561) Full Proposal: July 25, 2014

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

(NSF  13-600) Full Proposal: August 1, 2014, By Invitation Only

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News See All
electron micrograph of marine planktonic microbes, colorized for contrast. Ocean's microbial megacity: Like humans, the sea's most abundant organisms have clear daily cycles
Released July 10, 2014
Press Release
painting of a frog sitting next to water Amphibians can acquire resistance to deadly fungus
Released July 9, 2014
Press Release
News thumbnail The BRAIN Initiative
Released June 12, 2013
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
bumblebee colony in a nest Bees from the inside out
Researchers work to save bees by studying the diversity of microbes that live in their guts and the impacts on these microbes of exposure to antibiotics
Released  July 7, 2014

iluustration showing a map of links between the genes of the mustard plant Arabidopsis thaliana "Bottom-up" proteomics
NSF-funded supercomputer helps researchers interpret genomes
Released  July 1, 2014

Events Calendar See All

July 14, 2014
S-STEM Webinar
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July 15, 2014
S-STEM Webinar
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October 6, 2014  - October 7, 2014
NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA
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