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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

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  13-594) Letter of Intent: January 5, 2015

Major Research Instrumentation Program:
(NSF  15-504) Full Proposal: January 22, 2015

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
(NSF  15-519) Letter of Intent: February 2, 2015

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2
(NSF  15-517) Full Proposal: February 20, 2015

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  13-594) Full Proposal: March 3, 2015, Planning Grant and Full Center Proposal

News See All

image if a barn in the middle of a corn field   An ecosystem on steroids
Released December 15, 2014
News From the Field
A bug box that is the subject of the bug box competition.   $1 million prize for digital innovation to capture info from traditional 'bug boxes'
Released December 5, 2014
Press Release
image of guppies   Study finds mixing genes helps guppies flourish, not fail
Released December 3, 2014
News From the Field

Discoveries See All

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

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

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