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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW 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

NEW 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.  

A Dear Colleague Letter for BRAIN EAGERs to Enable Innovative Neurotechnologies to Reveal the Functional and Emergent Properties of Neural Circuits Underlying Behavior and Cognition has been posted. Click here for details regarding this funding opportunity (March, 2014).

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 this DCL applies to. (March, 2014)

Please see the most recent Dear Colleague Letter: Preparing Applications to Participate in Phase I Ideas Labs on Undergraduate STEM Education(January, 2014).

Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM
(NSF  15-528) Posted December 12, 2014

Research Coordination Networks
(NSF  15-527) Posted December 2, 2014

Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering
(NSF  15-524) Posted November 25, 2014

Genealogy of Life
(NSF  15-520) Posted November 20, 2014

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
(NSF  15-519) Posted November 18, 2014

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  13-594) Letter of Intent: January 5, 2015

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology
(NSF  15-501) Full Proposal: January 8, 2015

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

(NSF  13-600) Preliminary Proposal: January 16, 2015

Major Research Instrumentation Program:
(NSF  15-504) Full Proposal: January 22, 2015

Division of Environmental Biology (core programs)
(NSF  15-500) Preliminary Proposal: January 23, 2015

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News See All
shifts in the gut bacteria Study reveals that people may inherit 'gut' bacteria that cause Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
Released December 16, 2014
News From the Field
Banded sedimentary rocks in the Willwood formation in Wyoming Back to the future? Past global warming period echoes today's
Released December 15, 2014
Press Release
News thumbnail The BRAIN Initiative
Released June 12, 2013
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
health worker with biohazard gear on Ebola, Dengue fever, Lyme disease: The growing economic cost of infectious diseases
Five new such diseases expected each year; strategies to reduce climate change adaptable to infectious diseases
Released  December 16, 2014

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

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June 1, 2015  - June 2, 2015
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