Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS)
IOS Revised Solicitation
A revised IOS Core Programs solicitation, NSF 16-505, replaces NSF 13-600 (October 2015). The revised solicitation includes two significant programmatic changes.
1. Proposals on the interaction of plants with their microbial and invertebrate pathogens, pests and symbionts will now be accepted for review by a new program, Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI), jointly supported and managed by NSF IOS and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) instead of being considered by the Symbiosis, Defense and Self-recognition (SDS) program. The anticipated submission deadline for full proposals to the new PBI Program will be in April 2016. The PBI program will not require submission of preliminary proposals in its review process. Complete information about this new joint NSF/NIFA program will be forthcoming in late 2015.
Proposals in the area of plant-biotic interactions should no longer be submitted through the IOS Core Programs solicitation to the SDS program.
There is no change in the review of proposals on the interaction of animal hosts with their pathogens, pests and symbionts, organelle acquisition, or symbioses among and between prokaryotes and protists. Proposals on these topics should continue to be submitted to the SDS program via the IOS Core Programs solicitation.
Proposals focused on development of functional genomic tools, approaches and associated infrastructure aimed at enabling genome manipulation in plant symbioses may be submitted to the new Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools (EDGE) track of the revised IOS Core Programs solicitation (see below).
The description of the SDS Program has been updated to accommodate the changes regarding plant symbioses, and plant self/non-self recognition (see the Physiological and Structural Systems Webpage).
2. The revised IOS Core Programs solicitation includes two tracks for proposal submission. The Core track remains essentially unchanged from the description in the previous IOS solicitation (NSF 13-600), except for the changes noted above for the SDS Program. The Core track continues to encompass a two-phase merit review process, with submission of full proposals by invitation only, after merit review of preliminary proposals, which are required. An annual limit of two preliminary proposal submissions by PIs and co-PIs remains in effect for the Core track.
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is designed for research addressing current impediments to progress in understanding a range of important questions in organismal biology and in particular the understanding of the genomes-to-phenomes relationship. EDGE projects should focus on development of functional genomic tools, approaches and associated infrastructure to enable genome manipulation in diverse, emerging model organisms. EDGE proposals must additionally include training and rapid dissemination plans enabling larger communities of investigators to utilize the newly developed tools, thereby catalyzing an increase in the capacity of research communities to test cause-and-effect hypotheses about genes and phenotypes in organisms presently lacking such tools. Proposers who wish to submit to the EDGE track
must submit a Letter of Intent prior to submission of the full proposal. Proposals relevant to plant symbioses may be submitted to the EDGE track of this solicitation
. There are no annual limits for PI and co-PI proposal submissions to the EDGE track
IOS Special Announcements
NEW Frequently asked questions for the IOS core programs solicitation have just been released and can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16017/nsf16017.jsp.
NEW Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/IOS - US-Israel BSF International Opportunity. Click here for this funding opportunity.
Cracking the Olfactory Code – An Ideas Lab Activity: To advance our broader understanding of the nature of olfactory processing and sensory representations in the brain in general, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded more than $15 million for three projects to research the intricacies of olfaction. For more information about the awards click here.
Frontiers for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior. - See the Workshop report for further details.
Grand Challenges in Organismal Biology: How Organisms Walk the Tightrope Between Stability and Change - See the Workshop report for further details.
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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.
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NOTE: March 1 annually (or next business day if that is a weekend or holiday) is the target date for most IOS programs for REU, RET, RAHSS, and ROA supplements as well as proposals for Conferences, Symposia and Workshops (Meetings). Guidance for IOS PIs preparing supplemental requests is posted at: http://www.nsf.gov/bio/ios/suppopp.jsp For Guidance on preparing Proposals for Conferences, Symposia and Workshops (Meetings) visit http://www.nsf.gov/bio/ios/confworkshopguidance.jsp
Please be sure to check the Division of Emerging Frontiers (EF) for additional grant competitions.
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