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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 FY2015
bullet MacroSystems Biology:
bullet Ocean Acidification  (OA)
Current Activities: no longer receiving proposals - EF
bullet Advancing Theory in Biology  (ATB)
bullet Cracking the Olfactory Code  (Olfactory) Crosscutting
bullet Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization  (IBIV)
bullet National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
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

Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  14-547) Full Proposal: June 9, 2015

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
(NSF  14-600) Full Proposal: June 16, 2015

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  13-594) Letter of Intent: June 26, 2015

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Letter of Intent: July 7, 2015

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Full Proposal: July 21, 2015, BIO, CISE, EHR


News See All

biology graphic Eight schools test-drive certification of undergraduate biology education for the 21st century
Released June 1, 2015
News From the Field
monitoring the health of forest canopies Dull forest glow yields orbital tracking of photosynthesis
Released April 30, 2015
News From the Field
cameras and sensors installed on a tower Can photosynthesis be measured over large areas? MBL, Brown scientists find a way
Released April 29, 2015
News From the Field

Discoveries See All

Nadkarni explains tree biology to medium security inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center. Canopy researcher goes out on a (tree) limb to promote public understanding of science
"Treetop Barbie" is among the bold, inventive tools developed by researcher to reach varied audiences
Released  March 12, 2015

James L. Olds Meet James L. Olds, the new head of NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences
A conversation with James L. Olds
Released  December 4, 2014

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




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