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,
In August, the BIO directorate released new solicitations to its proposal submission process to eliminate deadlines and limit the number of proposals that could be submitted to a given division annually by a PI or co-PI. As BIO was receiving far more worthy proposals than it has money to support, this submission cap was established with a view to ensuring that BIO’s merit review process would not be overwhelmed with the move to no deadlines.
In the ensuing three months, the community expressed serious concern that this new policy would hinder collaboration as well as limit funding prospects for new investigators. BIO places a high value on collaboration and on fostering careers of new investigators; thus, we held internal discussions to consider ways to address these concerns. In addition, relatively few proposals have been submitted to BIO since the release of the solicitations.
Having listened to community concern and tracked the current low rate of submission, and following extensive internal consultation, BIO is lifting all PI or co-PI restrictions on proposal submission for FY 2019, effective immediately.
BIO recognizes that it is important to track the effects of the no-deadline policy on proposal submission patterns, to ensure that a high-quality review process is sustained. Therefore, we are seeking approval from the Biological Sciences Advisory Committee to establish a subcommittee to assist in developing the evidence base for any future policy changes that may be needed.
Solicitations for proposals will be amended and released over the next few weeks to reflect these changes.