Top five of 2017: Most popular blog posts of the year

Here is a list of the top five most-viewed blog posts of 2017 in descending order. From the shift in no-deadlines to highlighting innovative broader impact activities, this blog features exciting science, news, and opportunities generated or supported by MCB. See what you’ve been missing!

1.   YEAR-ROUND PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS (NO-DEADLINES) COMING TO MCB IN 2018

A timeline of the changes to come over the next two yearsRolling MCB proposal submissions to be implemented in 2018.
478 views.
Published Oct 5 under “Funding and Service.”

2.   BROADENING THE IMPACT OF SCIENCE

2_Most Popular Posts 2017Above and beyond basic science: Dr. Raj designing a science communication tool called Slideboards at UPenn, and Dr. Neiman and Dr. Schoerning creating a Science Booster Club at UIowa.
328 views.
Published May 12 under “Broader Impacts.”

3.   “YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A HOBBY”

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Dr. Skop of UW-Madison emphasizes work/life balance, and incorporating your passion into your science.
300 views.
Published Dec. 12 under “Broader Impacts.”

4.   MCB WELCOMES DR. MICHAEL WEINREICH, PROGRAM DIRECTOR: GENETIC MECHANISMS CLUSTER


I headshot style photo of Michael, he is smiling into the camera. He is wearing a blue shirt and glasses and is siting in a library with shelves, a computer, and students strudying in the background.From NSF grantee, then panelist/reviewer, to the inside scoop:  meet Dr. Weinreich as he embarks on his new role at NSF.
287 views.
Published June 2 under “Getting to Know MCB.”

5.  NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: MCB INVESTIGATOR-INITIATED RESEARCH
(NSF 17-589)

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The 2017 MCB call for grant proposals:  program synopsis.
284 views.
Published Aug. 18 under “Funding and Service.”

Kyle McElroy: Supplemental Funding Pays!

Featuring Kyle McElroy, this post is the second in a series highlighting participants in a supplemental funding opportunity to enhance students’ readiness to enter the workforce.McElroy_allThis funding was originally announced in DCL NSF 16-067 (Improving Graduate Student Preparedness for Entering the Workforce, Opportunities for Supplemental Support) and is now included in the current solicitation NSF 17-589 (see page 5 of this link). More information about supplemental support on page 81 of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.

Check in with your students to discover their interests, then call your MCB Program Officer to discuss your supplemental funding request…today!

— MCB staff members Alexis Patullo and David Barley contributed to this post

MCB WELCOMES DR. ELEBEOBA MAY

MCB welcomed Dr. Elebeoba (“Chi-Chi”) May to the Systems and Synthetic Biology (SSB) cluster this past November. Dr. May is serving a two-year assignment under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). As a “rotator,” Dr. May will retain ties to her current institution and return to it with new insights and experience. As a program director, she’ll use her expertise to make funding recommendations; influence new directions in the fields of science, engineering, and education; and support cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. Keep reading below to learn more about Dr. May: (more…)

Supplemental Funding Pays!

Attention PIs! Supplemental funding for enhancing students’ readiness to enter the workforce is not only available – it’s been a big hit with participants, too. Read our blog highlights over the next several weeks to hear what they have to say about the positive (more…)

Best Practices for Annual Reports

Submitting an annual report is not only a requirement of every NSF award; it’s also your opportunity to assess your project’s progress toward its stated goals. We asked program directors in MCB what tips they have for PIs when writing an Annual Report. Responses addressed all five key sections of the Report. Read below for tips on writing a comprehensive and accurate Annual Report.
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“YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A HOBBY”

 

Broader Impacts* are just as important as Intellectual Merit in the NSF Merit Review process. Dr. Ahna Skop has found a recipe for broader impacts that’s given the public a taste for science. Learn the story of her not-so-secret ingredients.

Dr. Ahna SkopFor Dr. Ahna Skop, the key ingredients in the recipe for good broader impacts are found in a researcher’s personal passions. (more…)

DEADLINES ANNOUNCED FOR DCL 18-031

A new Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) Rules of Life (RoL): Forecasting and Emergence in Living Systems (FELS) is now soliciting research proposals addressing fundamental problems in biology and ultimately leading to the discovery of the “rules of life.” (more…)

Help BIO Spread the Word About Your Research

The following was published Dec. 4 on Bio Buzz, the blog of NSF’s Directorate for Biological Sciences, Office of the Assistant Director. Access the original post here.

Every PI knows that disseminating data is an essential part of the scientific process. From publishing manuscripts to presenting at meetings, a project’s biggest impacts only come after it has been shared. Promoting new discoveries and cutting-edge research (more…)

HBCU-UP: Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program

HBCU EiR announcement expected to be released in December

Dear Colleague Letter DCL 17-138 was released Sept. 19 to introduce a new program expected to be announced next month. The program, titled, “HBCU Excellence in Research” (EiR), will be open to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). (more…)