From BioBuzz, the blog of the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO): “Throughout the past year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has supported the research community by providing guidance, funding flexibilities, and deadline extensions. This support will remain a top priority for NSF as we seek to recover from the pandemic. Up-to-date information on these offerings continues to be added to the agency’s Coronavirus Information page.”
A BIO-wide virtual office hour event covering how BIO is supporting those impacted will be held Tuesday, Mar. 2, 11 am – 12 pm EST. For more information on these efforts and to register for the office hour, read the full post, linked here.
The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) has updated its guidelines for conference and workshop proposals to reflect changes in NSF’s latest Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG 20-1). Both the new PAPPG and these updates go into effect June 1, 2020. The new guidelines emphasize MCB-specific funding priorities and best practices for submitting proposals requesting funding to support conferences, workshops, and other meetings.
The infographic below summarizes key tips for submitting competitive conference and workshop proposals. Contact your MCB program director with questions or comments.
*Budget with Justification – Additional budget guidelines include the following:
Attendees whose primary purpose at the meeting is to learn and receive training are considered participants and their costs should be listed on Lines F. 1-4, “Participant Support Costs.”
Speakers and trainers generally are not considered participants; their costs should be listed on the appropriate line, e.g., “Other Direct Costs: Other” (Line G.6). [PAPPG Chapt II.C.2.v Participant Support]
Indirect costs do not apply to the “Participant Support Costs” category, but they do apply to all other categories at the organization’s federally negotiated rate. Absent this rate, the organization may request a de minimis indirect cost rate of 10% of the modified total direct costs without providing supporting documentation or may elect not to charge indirect costs. [PAPPG Chapt II.C.2.g.viii Indirect Costs]
Funding opportunities are now
available for mid-career or
later-stage researchers (Associate or Full Professor, or equivalent) to expand
or make a transition in their research programs via a sabbatical leave or
similar mechanism of professional development and then develop a new research
program in their own lab based on the sabbatical leave experience.
Awards will fund up to six months of
PI salary during the first sabbatical or professional development year,
followed by support to continue the research program for two subsequent years
upon the PI’s return to normal academic duties. Proposals are welcome in all
areas currently funded by MCB, and proposals addressing major open questions at
the intersections of biology with other disciplines, such as physics,
chemistry, mathematics, computer sciences, and engineering are of particular
interest to the program.
Proposals are accepted any time, in accordance with MCB’s no-deadline core solicitation. Program details, including more information on program priorities and additional criteria, can be found in the full solicitation (NSF 20-505).
Funding opportunities are available in fiscal years FY 2019
and FY 2020 to provide support for proposals from interdisciplinary teams
comprised of mathematical, computational, and biological scientists to develop MODels for Uncovering Rules and Unexpected Phenomena in Biological Systems (MODULUS). The divisions of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB)
and Mathematical Sciences (DMS) are seeking to cultivate innovative modes of
collaboration among researchers working at the interface of mathematics and
molecular and cellular biology. The MODULUS DCL encourages the formation of
nascent collaborative teams that use novel mechanistic mathematical models to
guide systems-scale exploration and discovery of new biological phenomena,
rules, and theories that govern molecular interactions and emergent behaviors
in living systems.
Proposals in response to this DCL may be submitted to the
current core solicitations, either in DMS via the Mathematical Biology Program
18-7334, or the MCB solicitation NSF
18-585 and directed to the Systems and Synthetic Biology program. Full
details on program priorities, submission requirements, and important dates are
available via the
The Science and Technology
Centers (STC): Integrative Partnershipsprogram has released an updated solicitation
calling for preliminary proposals that would ultimately lead to the awarding of
five new research STCs. Science and Technology Centers support innovative,
potentially transformative, complex research and education projects that
require large-scale, long-term awards. They provide a means to undertake
potentially groundbreaking investigations at the interfaces of disciplines
and/or highly innovative approaches within disciplines. These centers can cover
research in any topic that is funded by NSF including all areas of biology, and
education. They usually include partnerships among academic institutions, national
laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities,
and international collaborations, as appropriate, to accomplish their research.
More information on eligibility and other program specifics can be found in the
Submissions of preliminary proposals are limited to 3 proposals per institution
Submissions limited to 1 proposal per PI or co-PI
Preliminary Proposal Due June 25, 2019
Full Proposal Due January 27, 2020
can be answered by reaching out to the cognizant program officer. All proposals
submitted in response to this STC solicitation should be submitted in
accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures
Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1),
which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 25,
NSF announces an informational webinar, updated deadlines, and new funding opportunities for Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR). HDR is one of the “10 Big Ideas” and represents a national-scale activity to enable new modes of data-driven discovery that will allow fundamental questions to be asked and answered at the frontiers of science and engineering. The HDR vision is realized through an interrelated set of activities and funding opportunities, each designed to amplify the intrinsically multidisciplinary nature of the emerging field of data science.
A webinar will present an overview of the new solicitations and other current HDR funding opportunities.
Event: Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Information Webinar
Date: February 15, 2019 – 1:00pm until 3:00pm Eastern Time