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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

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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

Catalyzing New International Collaborations
(NSF  13-605) Full Proposal: April 22, 2014

Sustainability Research Networks Competition
(NSF  14-534) Full Proposal: April 29, 2014

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  14-548) Letter of Intent: May 20, 2014, NRT Letter of Intent

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: May 23, 2014, Deadline for REU Site proposals requiring access to Antarctica. All other REU Site proposals must be submitted to the August REU deadline.

Innovation Corps Teams Program
(NSF  12-602) Full Proposal: June 16, 2014

News See All

graphic showing various marine organisms and the text photogallery   Special for Earth Day: New NSF resources highlight surprising ecological and economic benefits of biodiversity
Released April 17, 2014
Press Release
NSF Google Hangout for Earth Day: Surprising benefits and myths of biodiversity
Released April 15, 2014
Media Advisory
researchers with the Virginia Bioinformatics Inst.   Bioscientists develop 'grammar' to design useful synthetic living systems
Released March 13, 2014
News From the Field

Discoveries See All

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

Image of snow-covered Mount Washington, N.H. The Snows of Mount Washington
Climate and environmental change in the U.S. northeast corridor
Released  March 2, 2012

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