text-only page produced automatically by LIFT Text
Transcoder Skip all navigation and go to page contentSkip top navigation and go to directorate navigationSkip top navigation and go to page navigation
National Science Foundation HomeNational Science Foundation - Directorate for Biological Sciences
Biology
design element
BIO Home
About BIO
Funding Opportunities
Awards
News
Events
Discoveries
Publications
Advisory Committee
Career Opportunities
BIO Program Director and Reviewer Opportunities
Supplements & Other Opportunities
See Additional BIO Resources
View BIO Staff
BIO Organizations
Biological Infrastructure (DBI)
Environmental Biology (DEB)
Emerging Frontiers (EF)
Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS)
Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB)
Proposals and Awards
Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide
  Introduction
Proposal Preparation and Submission
bullet Grant Proposal Guide
  bullet Grants.gov Application Guide
Award and Administration
bullet Award and Administration Guide
Award Conditions
Other Types of Proposals
Merit Review
NSF Outreach
Policy Office
Additional BIO Resources
The BRAIN Initiative
FY 2015 BIO Budget Excerpts
BIO's Guidance on Data Management Plans
Dear Colleague Letters: BIO and Foundation-wide
List of BIO Cyberinfrastructure Reports
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE)
Supplements & Other Opportunities
Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI)
Broadening Participation Activities
NSF's Career-Life Balance Initiative
Interdisciplinary Research
BIO Reports
NSF Strategic Plan: 2011-2016
NSF Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Merit Review (effective Jan. 14, 2013)
Image Credits


About Biological Sciences (BIO)

The mission of the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) is to enable discoveries for understanding life.  BIO-supported research advances the frontiers of biological knowledge, increases our understanding of complex systems, and provides a theoretical basis for original research in many other scientific disciplines.

Areas of Support (also see interactive org chart)

The Directorate for Biological Sciences supports research to advance understanding of the principles and mechanisms governing life. Research studies extend across systems that encompass  biological molecules, cells, tissues, organs, organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems up to and including the global biosphere. Comprehensive concepts that bridge and unify the diverse areas of biology include complexity, robustness, communication, resilience, adaptability and cooperation.  Achieving a coherent understanding of the complex biological web of interactions that is life is a major challenge of the future.  This challenge will require that knowledge about the structure and dynamics of individual biological units, networks, sub-systems and systems be compiled and connected from the molecular to the global level and across scales of time and space.  Integral to all activities across the directorate is a commitment to integrate research and education, broaden participation, and promote international partnerships.

NSF/BIO plays a major role in support of research resources for the biological sciences including living stock centers, systematics collections, biological field stations, computerized databases including sequence databases for plants and microorganisms. NSF/BIO is also the nation's principal supporter of fundamental academic research on plant biology, environmental biology and biodiversity.

The Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) supports varied activities that provide the infrastructure for contemporary research in biology. These broadly include instrumentation-related activities, research resources, and training opportunities.

The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on the origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history of populations, species, communities, and ecosystems.

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at an integrative understanding of organisms as units of biological organization, with particular emphasis on systems-level approaches to the study of their development, function, behavior, and evolution.

The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) supports research and related activities that contribute to a fundamental understanding of living systems at the molecular, subcellular, and cellular levels.

The Emerging Frontiers (EF) Division supports innovative interdisciplinary activities that expand the frontiers of biological research.  EF invests in novel research development and review mechanisms such as "Ideas Labs" that  build bridges and promote synthesis across disciplines, and enable development of new conceptual frameworks.  By encouraging synergy across disciplines, EF provides mechanisms by which new initiatives will be fostered and subsequently integrated into BIO's core activities.

BIO also supports the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP), which is part of the National Plant Genome Initiative established by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). The long-term goal of the PGR Program is to understand the structure, organization and function of plant genomes important to agriculture, the environment, energy, and health.  NEON is a continental-scale program of experimental and observational research that will focus on the major environmental challenges that face our nation.

Coordinated support for research and education in the biological sciences is provided in a number of specifically designed programs for that purpose including: the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) for the early development of academic faculty as both educators and researchers; research participation grants for undergraduates (REU sites and supplements); the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training Program (IGERT); postdoctoral research fellowships; and doctoral dissertation improvement grants (in selected areas).  The Biology Directorate is committed to broadening participation in biology by historically underrepresented minorities through programs such as Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.

The Assistant Director for Biological Sciences is James L. Olds.   See http://www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.cfm?med_id=57250&from=es   for additional information and photo. 

 

 

BIO Org Chart Link to BIO home page Link to Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) Link to Human Resources Link to Research Resources Link to Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) Link to Population and Community Ecology Link to Ecosystem Science Link to Evolutionary Processes Link to Systematics & Biodiversity Science Link to Division of Organismal Systems (IOS) Link to Behavioral Systems Link to Physiological & Structural Systems Link to Cellular Dynamics and Function Link to Genetic Mechanisms Link to Molecular Biophysics Link to Systems and Synthetic Biology

Organization chart effective October 2012

 

Email this pagePrint this page
Back to Top of page