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.” Successful proposals will likely include research that crosses spatial and temporal scales as well as levels of biological organization, and contribute toward the ability to predict the direction and dynamics of change in living systems.

NSF IS seeking catalytic activities such as EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER); Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE); and conferences. Convergent and/or interdisciplinary approaches are welcome, especially for RAISE proposals. A brief explanation of deadlines is below. Be sure to read the DCL and Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) and follow all instructions.


  • RoL FELS EAGER: Submit a 2-page prospectus to by Feb 20, 2018. Selected prospectuses will be invited to submit a full proposal. That deadline is May 15, 2018.
  • RoL FELS Conference: Deadline for submitting a full proposal is June 1, 2018
  • RoL FELS RAISE: Submit a 2-page prospectus to by Feb. 20, 2018. Invited proposals must follow the guidelines in the PAPPG.

Directorates that are participating with BIO in this solicitation are:
Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE),
Education and Human Resources (EHR),
Engineering (ENG),
Geosciences (GEO),
Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), and
Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE).

Email questions about this Dear Colleague Letter or about submission of EAGER and RAISE proposals to

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