Updated Solicitation- Transitions to Excellence in Molecular and Cellular Bioscience Research (Transitions)

October 9, 2020

MCB recently updated the Transitions solicitation (NSF 21-508), which offers opportunities to mid-career or later-stage researchers to utilize a sabbatical (or similar professional development activity) to transition into a new research area that has a strong potential to transform molecular and cellular biology research.  The revision indicates the flexibility in timing of the sabbatical or professional development year, to allow for the inclusion of a letter from the sabbatical host lab, and to update the cross-cutting areas of research of interest to MCB as well as transitions all submissions to Research.gov. Full details and program requirements can be found in the solicitation. As with MCB no-deadline core program, proposals will be accepted any time.

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