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EF Special Announcement

If you're a new visitor to the Directorate for Biological Sciences website or just want a quick visual and textual summary of our areas of support, please visit the " About BIO" web page where we have added a new interactive organization chart.

See " Additional BIO Resources" for other items of interest including BIO's Guidance on Data Management Plans and BIO Dear Colleague Letters.

Information about Centers supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences is now posted on the Division of Biological Infrastructure web page.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

Key: Crosscutting Crosscutting | NSF Wide Flag NSF-wide

EF Active Solicitations
Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)
Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2014
MacroSystems Biology:
Ocean Acidification (OA)
Current Activities: no longer receiving proposals - EF
Advancing Theory in Biology (ATB)
Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization (IBIV)
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
Nitrogen: Improving on Nature (NITROGEN)
Surpassing Evolution: Transformative Approaches to Enhance the Efficiency of Photosynthesis

Featured NSF-wide Programs

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NSF Educational Opportunities by Audience

For Undergraduate Students

For Graduate Students

For Postdoctoral Fellows

For K-12 Educators

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  14-590) Full Proposal: October 29, 2014, Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Materials Research

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  14-590) Full Proposal: October 30, 2014, Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  14-590) Full Proposal: November 3, 2014, Social Sciences; Psychology; STEM Education and Learning

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  14-590) Full Proposal: November 4, 2014, Life Sciences; Geosciences

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students
(NSF  13-593) Full Proposal: November 13, 2014

News See All

a post-apocalyptic forest   Meteorite that doomed dinosaurs remade forests
Released September 16, 2014
News From the Field
Moh El-Naggar   Bacterial nanowires not what scientists thought they were
Released August 18, 2014
News From the Field
unidentified larva   Decades-old amber collection offers new views of an ancient world
Released July 30, 2014
News From the Field

Discoveries See All

Sign on a lake with algae reads for swimmers health please don't feed the ducks Clarity for lake researchers' water quality questions
Studies of trends in Midwestern lakes benefit from help of local residents
Released  May 1, 2014

Photo of Joel E. Cohen in class Mathematical Biologist Pushes Frontiers of Knowledge
Corporations, international organizations and other institutions rely on this curiosity-driven researcher to answer societal questions
Released  June 21, 2013

Graphic illustration showing a human head, light and waves Prying Open the Black Box of the Brain
NSF-funded workshop addresses brain structure and function
Released  June 12, 2013

Graphic illustration showing the earth with an EKG-like signal New NEON Resources Available
Videos, brochure and webcast on the NEON available online
Released  June 11, 2013

Photo of Raphael Perea delivering a presentation. Native Americans Trained to Address Environmental Problems on Their Lands
NSF-funded program at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute teaches Native Americans about geospatial data
Released  March 20, 2013

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