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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/DEB - UK NERC Lead Agency Opportunity.  Click here for details regarding this funding opportunity

NEW Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/DEB - US-Israel BSF International Opportunity. Click here for details regarding this funding opportunity.

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.  

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).

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)

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

Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Genealogy of Life
(NSF  15-520) Posted November 20, 2014

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
(NSF  15-519) Posted November 18, 2014

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2
(NSF  15-517) Posted November 17, 2014

Major Research Instrumentation Program:
(NSF  15-504) Posted October 15, 2014

Long Term Research in Environmental Biology
(NSF  15-503) Posted October 2, 2014

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
(NSF  14-600) Preliminary Proposal: December 11, 2014

Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories
(NSF  12-505) Full Proposal: December 12, 2014

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  13-594) Letter of Intent: January 5, 2015

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology
(NSF  15-501) Full Proposal: January 8, 2015

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

(NSF  13-600) Preliminary Proposal: January 16, 2015

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News See All
combines harvesting Boosts in productivity of corn and other crops modify Northern Hemisphere carbon dioxide cycle
Released November 19, 2014
Press Release
illustration showing argicultural fields, sky and sunshine "Green Revolution" changes breathing of the biosphere
Released November 19, 2014
Press Release
News thumbnail The BRAIN Initiative
Released June 12, 2013
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
Starfish with sea star wasting disease Virus fingered as top suspect in West Coast sea star wasting disease
Deadly culprit identified as type of parvovirus
Released  November 17, 2014

The endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog sitting on a rock "Microbiome" of Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs shifts during infectious disease outbreaks
Interaction between microbiome and infectious pathogens may drive disease
Released  November 12, 2014

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December 8, 2014
NSF Day in Baltimore, MD
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