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Town Halls for the Biological Oceanography Community Regarding Removal of Target Dates


October 6, 2020

On September 30, 2020, NSF released a Dear Colleague Letter announcing that the Biological Oceanography Program is removing target dates and will accept proposals at any time beginning January 1, 2021. Please see NSF 20-130 https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20130/nsf20130.jsp and the associated Frequently Asked Questions https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf21010 for more information.
 
•The intent is to enable greater flexibility for the community and reduce the burden on investigators, reviewers, and submitting institutions. 
 
•Proposals requesting ship time should continue to allow for at least 18 months of lead time for those projects requiring Academic Research Fleet Global- or Ocean-Class vessels and at least 12 months for all other ship requests.
 
•The Program will continue its current practice in which a proposal is ineligible for resubmission until a minimum of one year has passed since its initial submission. This practice allows investigators the time required to thoughtfully consider the results of the merit review and revise or restructure their proposal accordingly.
 
Program Directors from the Biological Oceanography Program have scheduled Town Halls (via zoom webinar format) to explain the change and address questions from the community. The same information will be presented at each, so you only need to attend one.  
 
Please register in advance and join us:
 
 

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