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MCB Special Announcements

New A Dear Colleague Letter encouraging the submission of proposals to the INSPIRE funding opportunity to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research has been released. Read more here.

New A Dear Colleague Letter encouraging the submission of proposals to the I/UCRC funding opportunity in the fields of engineering biology and cellular biomanufacturing has been released. Read more here.

MCB Newsletter - Issue 2 2014 Edition published on 3/28/2104 

November 17, 2014 is the next deadline for proposals submitted to core programs in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB).   See solicitation 13-510 for updated cluster descriptions and guidelines.  A link to the frequently asked questions, can be found at  See information sheet at for guidelines for Proposals for Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops submitted to MCB.

January 15, 2015 is the next deadline for REU, RET, RAHSS, and ROA supplements in MCB. See information sheet at for further guidance.

Other items of interest listed below:

Programs and Funding Opportunities

Key: Crosscutting Crosscutting | NSF Wide Flag NSF-wide

Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects (MCB)    
MCB Cluster Descriptions    
Cellular Dynamics and Function    
Genetic Mechanisms    
Molecular Biophysics    
Systems and Synthetic Biology    
Additional Funding Opportunities for the MCB Community    
NSF Participation in the ERA-Net in Synthetic Biology (ERASynBio)    
Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs)    
Innovation Corps Teams Program (I-Corps Teams)   NSF Wide Flag    
MacroSystems Biology:    
Nitrogen: Improving on Nature (NITROGEN)    
NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG & MPS (NSF-NIST)    
Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP)    
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology    
Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS)    
Research Coordination Networks   Crosscutting    
Research Experiences for Teachers: Supplement Opportunity (RET)    
Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability NSF-Wide Investment (SEES)   NSF Wide Flag   Crosscutting    
Science, Technology, and Society (STS)    
Current Activities: no longer receiving proposals - MCB    
Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization (IBIV)    
Metabolomics for a Low Carbon Society (METABOLOMICS)    
Surpassing Evolution: Transformative Approaches to Enhance the Efficiency of Photosynthesis    

Featured NSF-wide Programs

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program   NSF Wide Flag

International Research Fellowship Program   NSF Wide Flag

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions:   NSF Wide Flag

View All NSF-wide Programs

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: 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

Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects
(NSF  13-510) Full Proposal: November 17, 2014, All research proposals, including RUI and RCN proposals, will be accepted on or before these deadlines

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
(NSF  14-600) Preliminary Proposal: December 11, 2014

News    See All   

Samarendra Mohanty   UT Arlington researchers demonstrate direct fluid flow influences neuron growth
Released October 6, 2014
News From the Field    
Nicholas Carpita   Researchers uncover structure of enzyme that makes plant cellulose
Released September 24, 2014
News From the Field    
artist's rendering of a human dendritic cell   Immune system is key ally in cyberwar against cancer
Released September 23, 2014
News From the Field    

Discoveries    See All   

educators shooting video for virtual field trip to Grand Canyon Accomplished research scientists are also outstanding teachers of undergraduates    
Of the 15 recently announced Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors--who will receive $1 million over five years to pursue innovative ideas in the undergraduate science classroom--13 have received support from the National Science Foundation
Released  September 18, 2014

Image of Bacillus subtillis. Researchers investigate remarkable approach to desalination    
Rice scientists reprogram protein pairs; attempt to modify bacterial decisions
Released  August 3, 2014

Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding from a cultured cell. Catching HIV budding from cells: it all comes down to ALIX    
Study shows last-minute role of specific protein named ALIX
Released  May 16, 2014

Events Calendar    See All   

November 6, 2014
Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering
Advisory Committee Meeting

November 18, 2014  - November 19, 2014
Centers for Chemical Innovation PI Meeting
PI Meeting

December 8, 2014
NSF Day in Baltimore, MD

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