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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

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  14-548) Posted March 27, 2014

Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  14-547) Posted March 24, 2014

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM
(NSF  14-546) Posted March 19, 2014

Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Big Data Science & Engineering
(NSF  14-543) Posted March 12, 2014

Sustainability Research Networks Competition
(NSF  14-534) Posted January 29, 2014

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Catalyzing New International Collaborations
(NSF  13-605) Full Proposal: April 22, 2014

Plant Genome Research Program
(NSF  14-533) Full Proposal: April 28, 2014

Sustainability Research Networks Competition
(NSF  14-534) Full Proposal: April 29, 2014

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  14-548) Letter of Intent: May 20, 2014, NRT Letter of Intent

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: May 23, 2014, Deadline for REU Site proposals requiring access to Antarctica. All other REU Site proposals must be submitted to the August REU deadline.

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News See All
graphic showing various marine organisms and the text photogallery Special for Earth Day: New NSF resources highlight surprising ecological and economic benefits of biodiversity
Released April 17, 2014
Press Release
President Obama talks with PECASE recipients at the White House. Early Career Scientists and Engineers receive highest honor from the White House
Released April 16, 2014
Press Release
News thumbnail The BRAIN Initiative
Released June 12, 2013
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
Gray trees killed by bark beetles between green trees in Rocky Mountain National Park. Earth Week: Bark beetles change Rocky Mountain stream flows, affect water quality
What happens when millions of dead trees, killed by beetles, no longer need water?
Released  April 21, 2014

title slide showing images of fish, water and trees Earth Day in the future: What will it be like?
Scientists peer into the next decades of environmental change on Planet Earth
Released  April 15, 2014

Events Calendar See All

April 22, 2014  - April 23, 2014
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Panel Meeting
Panel

May 12, 2014  - May 13, 2014
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Panel Meeting
Panel

June 23, 2014  - June 24, 2014
NSF Grants Conference - Denver, CO
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