Funding & Service

Better Communication, Better Science

Alexandre and Barnajeet
Dr. Gladys Alexandre, left, and REU participant Reena Barnajeet.

In 2015, researcher Dr. Gladys Alexandre learned something valuable: the addition of Reena Barnajeet, a hard of hearing student, to her lab improved the communication skills of everyone in the group. (more…)

Rosaline Hsu: Supplemental Funding Pays!

Hsu Rosalindvertical thin lineFeaturing Rosaline Hsu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this post is the third of a series highlighting participants in a supplemental funding opportunity to enhance student readiness to enter the workforce. This supplement is tied to Award #1243372; Dr. Supriya Prasanth, Principal Investigator. Learn more about this funding opportunity by clicking here; contact your program director to initiate your funding request.

In her own words:
“This funding has enabled me to apply both innovative methods and traditional biochemical approaches in my work. This has established my reputation and network for future collaboration. I highly recommend my fellow students and researchers to apply for this funding opportunity.”

Professional development:
Hsu presented her work at the “2017 Telomeres and Telomerase” meeting a Cold Spring Harbor where she met with experts who provided valuable suggestions on her project. She was also able to spend two weeks in the lab of Dr. Taekjip Ha (Johns Hopkins University Department of Biomedical Engineering), using Single Molecule Pull-down (SiMPull) assays to study how ORC (Origin Recognition Complex) regulates ALT-activity (Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres) at ALT-telomeres.Orange Dot

Finding your inner modeler II Workshop: Registration now open

The Finding Your Inner Modeler II workshop, funded by MCB Award #1649160, will be held at the University of Illinois-Chicago this August 16-17, 2018. Although there is no registration fee to attend, organizers request that participants register by May 1. Graduate students, postdocs and under-represented minorities are encouraged to attend, and applicants who register by May 1 may be eligible to receive funding to assist with travel and lodging expenses. Follow the link to register for the workshop. To view the workshop agenda, follow this link and select FYIM II in the upper right corner.

FYIM II Poster 2018

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

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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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…)

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…)