Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis  (OPUS)

Name Email Phone Room
Leslie  J. Rissler lrissler@nsf.gov (703) 292-4628   
Carla  D'Antonio cdantoni@nsf.gov (703) 292-4947   
Bruce  S. Lieberman blieberm@nsf.gov (703) 292-7954   
Heather  L. Throop hthroop@nsf.gov (703) 292-4276   


Solicitation  20-564

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    August 2, 2021

    First Monday in August, Annually Thereafter


Synopsis of Program:

The OPUS program provides an opportunity for an individual or a group of investigators to revisit and synthesize a significant body of their prior research or data they have previously collected to enable new understanding. This program is appropriate for scientists at any career stage and for any synthetic activities that aim to produce unique, integrated insight useful to the scientific community, now and in the future.

All four clusters within the Division of Environmental Biology (Ecosystem Science, Evolutionary Processes, Population and Community Ecology, and Systematics and Biodiversity Science) encourage the submission of OPUS proposals.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program