The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences in NSF’s Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems in the Directorate for Engineering announce a new funding opportunity in collaboration with the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (DOE BETO), “Accelerating Innovations in Biomanufacturing Approaches through Collaboration Between NSF and the DOE BETO funded Agile BioFoundry” NSF 22-549.
This funding opportunity provides support for researchers from institutions of higher education and non-profits to take advantage of the unique Design-Build-Test-Learn facilities at the Agile BioFoundry (ABF). NSF will support the work of the researchers prior to or in parallel to the work that will occur at ABF. DOE BETO will support the work at ABF through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA). Through this collaboration, NSF hopes that more basic research projects can be advanced to deliver impact to society leveraging the rapid prototyping and advanced biotechnology resources available at ABF.
The deadline for proposal submission is April 4, 2022. Prior to submission, proposers are required to contact ABF and submit a brief outline of their plan for feasibility review. Ideally the plan should be submitted for feasibility review 2 months prior to proposal submission. Due to this year’s time constraint, ABF is willing to accept plans for feasibility review until February 21, 2022 at the latest.
NSF will review proposals according to the standard merit review criteria along with specific criteria that are detailed in the solicitation. Proposers are encouraged to review ABF capabilities and intellectual property provisions of the CRADA prior to submission.
For full details on submission instructions, solicitation requirements, and contact information, see NSF 22-549.