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Emerging Frontiers (EF)

EF Special Announcement

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.

See "Additional BIO Resources" for other items of interest including BIO's Guidance on Data Management Plans and BIO Dear Colleague Letters.

Information about Centers supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences is now posted on the Division of Biological Infrastructure web page.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

Key: Crosscutting Crosscutting | NSF Wide Flag NSF-wide

EF Active Solicitations
bullet Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections  (ADBC)
bullet Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2014
bullet MacroSystems Biology:
bullet Ocean Acidification  (OA)
Current Activities: no longer receiving proposals - EF
bullet Advancing Theory in Biology  (ATB)
bullet Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization  (IBIV)
bullet National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
bullet Nitrogen: Improving on Nature  (NITROGEN)
bullet Surpassing Evolution: Transformative Approaches to Enhance the Efficiency of Photosynthesis

Featured NSF-wide Programs

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NSF Educational Opportunities by Audience

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Upcoming Due Dates See All

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
(NSF  14-532) Full Proposal: July 22, 2014, ENG

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
(NSF  14-532) Full Proposal: July 23, 2014, GEO, MPS, SBE

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  14-558) Full Proposal: August 5, 2014

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Letter of Intent: August 11, 2014, Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks: Institutions of Higher Education (PLAN IHE)

International Research Experiences for Students
(NSF  12-551) Full Proposal: August 19, 2014


News See All

image of a wood frog Study predicts ranavirus as potential new culprit in amphibian extinctions
Released July 9, 2014
News From the Field
image of a sailfish Computational method dramatically speeds up estimates of gene expression
Released April 21, 2014
News From the Field
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
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Discoveries See All

Sign on a lake with algae reads for swimmers health please don't feed the ducks Clarity for lake researchers' water quality questions
Studies of trends in Midwestern lakes benefit from help of local residents
Released  May 1, 2014

Photo of Joel E. Cohen in class Mathematical Biologist Pushes Frontiers of Knowledge
Corporations, international organizations and other institutions rely on this curiosity-driven researcher to answer societal questions
Released  June 21, 2013

Graphic illustration showing a human head, light and waves Prying Open the Black Box of the Brain
NSF-funded workshop addresses brain structure and function
Released  June 12, 2013

Graphic illustration showing the earth with an EKG-like signal New NEON Resources Available
Videos, brochure and webcast on the NEON available online
Released  June 11, 2013

Photo of Raphael Perea delivering a presentation. Native Americans Trained to Address Environmental Problems on Their Lands
NSF-funded program at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute teaches Native Americans about geospatial data
Released  March 20, 2013




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