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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.

The Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) program is now being managed by the Division of Biological Infrastructure.

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
MacroSystems Biology:
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

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  16-503) Letter of Intent: December 9, 2015, Applies to both tracks

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)
(NSF  16-511) Letter of Intent: January 11, 2016

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

Major Research Instrumentation Program:
(NSF  15-504) Full Proposal: January 13, 2016

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Full Proposal: January 20, 2016, Institutional Transformation (IT)

News See All

on top of tower at Front Royal site   NEON begins to monitor changing ecology of the U.S.
Released November 16, 2015
Science Nation
domatoceras kleihegei   Free app empowers public to locate, recognize ancient fossils
Released October 14, 2015
News From the Field
a new data-logging tag, called the ITAG   Novel tag developed for squid, jellyfish
Released September 28, 2015
News From the Field

Discoveries See All

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

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   Feedback Take our Customer Satisfaction Survey
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