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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW Cracking the Olfactory Code – An Ideas Lab Activity A solicitation for an Ideas Lab to facilitate the generation and execution of innovative research projects aimed at understanding the nature of olfactory processing and sensory representations in the brain in general.

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

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Posted March 10, 2015

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2
(NSF  15-553) Posted March 6, 2015

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

Upcoming Due Dates See All

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

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

Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development
(NSF  15-538) Full Proposal: April 27, 2015

Cracking the Olfactory Code
(NSF  15-547) Preliminary Proposal: May 1, 2015, Due date for preliminary proposal

Long Term Ecological Research
(NSF  15-535) Full Proposal: May 6, 2015

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News See All
The bright blue and green colors in this satellite image show the North Atlantic Bloom. Spring plankton bloom hitches ride to sea's depths on ocean eddies
Released March 26, 2015
Press Release
Graphic of viruses attempting to dock on a microbial mat, using the tips of their tails. The 'intraterrestrials': New viruses discovered in ocean depths
Released March 23, 2015
Press Release
News thumbnail The BRAIN Initiative
Released June 12, 2013
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
Penny Beuning Researcher studies how to prevent antibiotic resistance
Solution could be in bacterial protein called UmuD
Released  March 26, 2015

group of greater mouse-eared bats hanging upside down Hibernation season over, will disease-ridden bats emerge from caves and mines this spring?
White Nose Syndrome now infects bats in several northeastern U.S. states
Released  March 25, 2015

Events Calendar See All

March 16, 2015  - May 6, 2015
2015 NRT Informational Webinars
Outreach

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

April 8, 2015  - April 9, 2015
Advisory Committee for Geosciences
Advisory Committee Meeting

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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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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