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EF Special Announcement

A new Macrosystems Biology and Early NEON Science solicitation has been released. See the program webpage for more details.

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.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

Key: Crosscutting Crosscutting | NSF Wide Flag NSF-wide

EF Active Solicitations
MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science:
Current Activities: no longer receiving proposals - EF
Advancing Theory in Biology (ATB)
Cracking the Olfactory Code (Olfactory)   Crosscutting
Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization (IBIV)
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
Ocean Acidification (OA)
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

MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science:
(NSF  16-521) Full Proposal: March 15, 2016

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems
(NSF  16-524) Full Proposal: March 22, 2016

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  16-504) Letter of Intent: May 9, 2016

Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  14-547) Full Proposal: June 14, 2016

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  16-504) Full Proposal: July 11, 2016

News See All

milky blue glacial water   Major storm events play key role in biogeochemistry of watersheds
Released February 1, 2016
News From the Field
image of black-tailed prairie dogs   Plague-riddled prairie dogs a model for infectious disease spread
Released January 13, 2016
News From the Field
on top of tower at Front Royal site   NEON begins to monitor changing ecology of the U.S.
Released November 16, 2015
Science Nation

Discoveries See All

illustration showing plants and animals under snow Peering into the secret world of life beneath winter snows
Snow sustains species from frogs to birds to mammals in winter and beyond
Released  January 5, 2016

person sitting next to a lake formed in a flooded sinkhole Ancient fossils show effect of humans on Caribbean wildlife
Fossils found in flooded cave tell new story about nature-human interactions
Released  October 20, 2015

Neurons of a mouse brain Video series: New strategies address one of science's greatest mysteries
36 NSF-funded research teams work to help reveal how neurons team up to produce thoughts and actions
Released  September 23, 2015

Nadkarni explains tree biology to medium security inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center. Canopy researcher goes out on a (tree) limb to promote public understanding of science
"Treetop Barbie" is among the bold, inventive tools developed by researcher to reach varied audiences
Released  March 12, 2015

Meet James L. Olds, the new head of NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences
A conversation with James L. Olds
Released  December 4, 2014

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