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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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.  

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 for this DCL.

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

Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Plant Genome Research Program
(NSF  15-548) Posted February 27, 2015

Cracking the Olfactory Code
(NSF  15-547) Posted February 27, 2015

Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science & Engineering
(NSF  15-544) Posted February 19, 2015

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  15-542) Posted February 5, 2015

Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development
(NSF  15-538) Posted January 27, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM
(NSF  15-528) Full Proposal: March 12, 2015

Genealogy of Life
(NSF  15-520) Full Proposal: March 25, 2015, Fourth Wednesday in March, Annually Thereafter

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  15-542) Letter of Intent: March 25, 2015, Applies to both tracks

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
(NSF  15-519) Full Proposal: April 3, 2015

Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2015
(NSF  15-533) Full Proposal: April 9, 2015

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News See All
bacteria and archaea Unlocking the key to immunological memory in bacteria
Released February 27, 2015
News From the Field
mantis shrimp attack their dinner with their claws How mantis shrimp evolved many shapes with same powerful punch
Released February 27, 2015
News From the Field
News thumbnail The BRAIN Initiative
Released June 12, 2013
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
Jennifer Doudna Rewriting genetic information to prevent disease
Breakthrough Prize winner harnesses CRISPR to improve immune system
Released  February 25, 2015

coral reef and fish near Philippines Good news and bad news for coral reefs
There's good news related to marine protected areas, but bad news related to loss of coral cover
Released  February 9, 2015

Events Calendar See All

March 19, 2015  - March 20, 2015
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Panel Meeting
Panel

April 1, 2015
NSF Day at the University of Washington Bothell
Workshop

May 20, 2015
NSF Day at Texas Tech
Workshop

June 1, 2015  - June 2, 2015
NSF Grants Conference - Tampa, FL
Outreach

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BIO's Guidance on Data Management Plans
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List of BIO Cyberinfrastructure Reports
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Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI)
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NSF Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Merit Review (effective Jan. 14, 2013)
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