MCB offers two special opportunities for mid-to-late-career scientists looking to enhance their research programs. A brief comparative overview is provided below.
|Transitions to Excellence in |
Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
|Mid-Career Advancement (MCA)|
|NSF 21-508||NSF 21-516|
|MCB-specific solicitation||NSF-wide solicitation|
|Open to all mid-career scientists, typically at Associate or Full Professor rank (or equivalent).||Open to Associate Professor rank, 4th year onward (or equivalent).|
|Enables mid-career or later-stage scientists to pursue exciting new avenues of inquiry and expand or transition their research toward greater impact.||Supports mid-career scientists to reinvest in their research amid high service and teaching responsibilities, through collaborative partnerships.|
|Offers PI salary for a sabbatical or similar professional development mechanism and additional 2 years of funding to continue building the research program.||Offers PI and mentor salary, and funding to support associated research and training activities.|
|Priority is given to proposals built on a strong record of prior accomplishment and a compelling plan for moving the research in new directions. Projects that explore cross-disciplinary dimensions are encouraged.||Priority is given to proposals demonstrating a substantive benefit to the PI’s research and career trajectory. Projects that explore cross-disciplinary dimensions are encouraged.|
|Deadline: Proposals are accepted at any time.||Target Date: February 01, 2021 and the first Monday in February, annually thereafter.|
|Budget: $750,000 total over 3 years, including PI salary (6 mo)||Budget: PI salary (6.5 mo), mentor salary (1 mo), and $100,000 total for research over 3 years.|
|Full list of requirements and funding priorities is in the solicitation, including Program Officer contacts, additional information can be found in the FAQs||Full list of requirements and funding priorities is in the solicitation, including Program Officer contacts.|
MCA will be hosting a webinar for more information and to answer any questions on Friday January 15 12PM EST. Register in advance here, a confirmation email will be sent which includes instructions on how to join.