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Directorate for Biological Sciences

Plant Genome Research Program  (PGRP)

UPDATE about the PGRP solicitation for 2016

The PGRP solicitation is currently under revision. It is anticipated that the new solicitation will be released in spring 2016 with a projected target due date of early fall. The Program expects the new solicitation will include focus areas for research similar to those described in the 2015 solicitation. Please contact dbipgr@nsf.gov or any PGRP Program Director if you have questions or would like to learn more about the Plant Genome Research Program.

2015 PGRP Panel: Proposal Recommendations

This message is an update about the review of proposals submitted to the NSF 15-548 PGRP solicitation. Nearly all decline recommendations have been processed to-date. The PGRP Program Directors are currently notifying PIs under consideration for funding by phone or by email. Some proposals are also being held for possible funding, pending availability of funds. Please contact the PGRP Program Directors if you have any questions. Thank you very much for your patience!

Important Announcement

The Dear Colleague Letter for Developing Country Collaborations in Plant Genome Research, which announced the intention to support research collaborations between US scientists and scientists in developing countries as part of ongoing or new Plant Genome Research Program awards, is currently being revised.


Name Email Phone Room
Diane  Jofuku Okamuro dbipgr@nsf.gov (703)292-4400  685N  
Anne  W. Sylvester dbipgr@nsf.gov (703)292-4400  675.01N  
Timothy  Nelson dbipgr@nsf.gov (703)292-4400  685N  
Scott  Jackson dbipgr@nsf.gov (703)292-4400  685N  


Solicitation  15-548

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


This program is a continuation of the Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) that began in FY 1998 as part of the National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI). Since the inception of the NPGI and the PGRP, there has been a tremendous increase in the availability of functional genomics tools and sequence resources for use in the study of key crop plants and their models. Proposals are welcomed that build on these resources to develop conceptually new and different ideas and strategies to address grand challenge questions in plants of economic importance on a genome-wide scale. There is also a critical need for the development of novel and creative tools to facilitate new experimental approaches or new ways of analyzing genomic data. Especially encouraged are proposals that provide strong and novel training opportunities integral to the research plan and particularly across disciplines that include, but are not limited to, plant physiology, plant breeding, quantitative genetics, biochemistry, bioinformatics and engineering.

Activities in four focus areas will be supported in FY 2015: (1) Genomics-empowered plant research (RESEARCH-PGR) to tackle fundamental questions in plant sciences on a genome-wide scale; (2) Development of tools and resources for plant genome research (TOOLS-PGR) including novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery; (3) Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (MCA-PGR) to increase participation of investigators trained primarily in fields other than plant genomics; and, (4) Early Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research (ECA-PGR) to increase the participation of early-career scientists in plant genome research. 

Proposals addressing these opportunities are welcomed at all scales, from single-investigator projects through multi-investigator, multiinstitution projects, commensurate with the scope and scale of the work proposed. The PGRP encourages proposals from investigators and institutions that have not participated in the program before. 


Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development

Developing Country Collaborations in Plant Genome Research (DCC-PGR)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology


PGR Staff Directory

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)

PGR Reports

Achievements of the National Plant Genome Initiative and New Horizons in Plant Biology

Plant Genome Database (PlantGDB)

Plant Genomics Research Outreach Portal (PGROP)

Video: Secrets of Plant Genomes revealed

Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Program

BREAD Ideas Challenge Dear Colleague Letter



What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)




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