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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology  (PRFB)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology Informational Webinar

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) informational webinar was held on August 29, 2016.

The webinar covered the scope of the PRFB program, guidelines for proposals, and specific requirements for the program.

Click here for additional event information and to watch the webinar recording.

[Last updated: September 6, 2016]

Name Email Phone Room
Michael  J. Vanni (703) 292-2299   
Timothy  Nelson (703) 292-4400   
Diane Jofuku  Okamuro (703) 292-4400   
Anne  W. Sylvester (703) 292-4400   
C. Eduardo  Vallejos (703) 292-4400   
Thomas  Okita (703) 292-4400   


Solicitation  15-501

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.


Full Proposal Deadline Date:  November 1, 2016

First Tuesday in November, Annually Thereafter


The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology.  The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site.  For FY 2015 and beyond, these BIO programs are (1) Broadening Participation of Groups Under-represented in Biology, (2) Research Using Biological Collections, and  (3) National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.  These areas change periodically as new scientific and infrastructure opportunities present themselves. For this reason, this solicitation will be changed as necessary to reflect the areas being funded.

The fellowships are also designed to provide active mentoring of the Fellows by the sponsoring scientists who will benefit from having these talented young scientists in their research groups. The research and training plan of each fellowship must address important scientific questions within the scope of the BIO Directorate and the specific guidelines in this fellowship program solicitation.  Because the fellowships are offered to postdoctoral scientists only early in their careers, NSF encourages doctoral advisors to discuss the availability of these postdoctoral fellowships in biology with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs to ensure potential applicants may take advantage of this funding opportunity. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.


This program provides educational opportunities for  Postdoctoral Fellows . Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.

How to Apply for Fellowship Applicants

Sponsoring Scientist Statement Instructions

For PRFB Fellows: Administrative Guide for the PRFB Program (NSF 15-501)


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program