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Title: Current Trends and Funding Opportunities in Biology and Related Sciences at NSF


1
Current Trends and Funding Opportunities in
Biology and Related Sciences at NSF
  • Matthew D. Kane
  • Ecosystem Science Cluster
  • Division of Environmental Biology
  • National Science Foundation

2
Science Advisor
Office of Management and Budget
Other boards, councils, etc.
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Science Advisor
Major Departments
Commerce
Health and Human Services
Agriculture
Interior
Transportation
Defense
Energy
Independent Agencies
National Aeronautic and Space Administration
Environmental Protection Agency
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Smithsonian Institution
Other agencies
3
National Science Foundation Director
Deputy Director
  • Directorates
  • Biological Sciences
  • Comp. Info. Science Engineering
  • Education Human Resources
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematical Physical Sciences
  • Social, Behaviorial Econ. Sciences
  • Offices
  • Budget, Finance Award Management
  • Information Resource Management
  • Directorates
  • Biological Sciences
  • Comp. Info. Science Engineering
  • Education Human Resources
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematical Physical Sciences
  • Social, Behaviorial Econ. Sciences
  • Offices
  • Budget, Finance Award Management
  • Information Resource Management

4
Distinctive Features of NSF
  • Emphasis on integrating research and education
  • Close interaction with universities
  • Rotator system many program directors are on
    loan from universities, labs or industry
  • Reviews are advisory program directors make
    funding decisions

5
Agenda
  • Budget and Funding Trends
  • Opportunities at All Levels
  • Core Programs Solicitations
  • Proposal Preparation
  • Merit Review Criteria
  • Early career funding opportunities
  • Colloboration

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Trends in Research by Agency, FY 1976-2009 in
billions of constant FY 2008 dollars
Source AAAS
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One Driver of science policy
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Academic RD as share of total RD,by
country/economy Most recent year
SOURCE National Science Board, Science and
Engineering Indicators 2006
9
Share of U.S. articles among most-cited articles,
total SE 19922003
SOURCE National Science Board, Science and
Engineering Indicators 2006
10
President's Plan for Science and Innovation
Total NSF FundingFY 2009-FY 2017 (dollars in
billions)
Over Previous FY
Fiscal Year (FY)
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Climate Change Science
Dimensions of Biodiversity
Metabolic Biochemistry
Environmental Engineering for Sustainability
Biological Oceanography
Ecology Ecosystems
Genes and Genome Systems
Office of Polar Programs
Plant Genome Research
Organism-Environment Interactions
Geobiology
Ecol. Infect. Disease
PEET
RIG
Biodiversity Surveys Inventories
RCN
Living Stocks
IGERT
Dissertation Improvement
Databases
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http//www.nsf.gov/
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http//www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?orgBIO
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Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) NSF 11-1
  • Provides guidance for preparation of proposals
  • Describes process -- and criteria --by which
    proposals will be reviewed
  • Describes process for withdrawals, returns and
    declinations
  • Describes the award process and procedures for
    requesting continued support
  • Identifies significant grant administrative
    highlights

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Types of Proposal Submission
Solicited vs. Unsolicited
  • Unsolicited proposals are associated with
  • regular research programs
  • Solicited proposals have a published
  • Program Solicitation (Program Announcement)
  • Target dates
  • No deadlines
  • (e.g. workshops, SGERs)
  • Deadlines
  • Submission Windows
  • Letters of Intent
  • Preliminary proposals

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  • Unsolicited Proposals
  • Next BIOLOGY Deadline
  • July 9, 2011
  • Next BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY Target Date
  • August 15, 2011

17
What to Look for in a Program Solicitation
  • goal of program
  • eligibility
  • special requirements

18
Some Current Solicitations
Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation
Dimensions of Biodiversity
Science and Technology Centers
Macro-scale Biology
Metabolomics for a Low Carbon Society
19
Proposal Preparation

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The Proposal Cycle
Funded!
Declined
Revise
What next?
Write
Try again
Conceptualize
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Consider the Following
  • Start early give yourself enough time
  • Read the PA and follow rules in GPG
  • Get feedback on your proposal from your
    colleagues
  • Proposals should be cogent, appropriate, and
    justified
  • Study reviews carefully (award or declination)
  • Anticipate criticisms
  • If declined - call your Program Director after
    reading your reviews
  • If awarded - follow up on reporting and find out
    about supplemental funding

22
The NSF Merit Review Process

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Merit Review Criteria
NSF invests in the best ideas from the most
capable people, determined by competitivemerit
review.
  • What is the intellectual merit of the proposed
    activity?
  • What are the broader impacts of the proposed
    activity?

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Proposal Review Criterion Intellectual Merit
  • Potential to advancing knowledge and
    understanding within and across fields
  • Qualifications of investigators
  • Creativity and originality
  • Conceptualization and organization
  • Access to resources

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Proposal Review Criterion Broader Impacts
  • Advancement of discovery and understanding while
    promoting teaching, training and learning
  • Participation of underrepresented groups
  • Enhancement of infrastructure for research and
    education
  • Dissemination of results to enhance scientific
    and technological understanding
  • Benefits to society
  • Any proposal that does NOT address these criteria
    in the Project Summary will be RETURNED WITHOUT
    REVIEW.

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NSF Proposal Award Process Timeline
Proposal Processing Unit
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What Makes a Proposal Competitive?
  • Likely high impact
  • New and original ideas
  • Critical approach
  • Sound scientific rationale
  • Succinct, focused project plan
  • Knowledge of subject area or published, relevant
    work
  • Experience in essential methodology
  • Realistic amount of work
  • Sufficient detail

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Something transformative . . .
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NSF Sources of Reviewers
  • program officers knowledge of what is being done
    and whos doing what in the research education
    area
  • references listed in proposal
  • reviewer name on file
  • recent technical programs from professional
    societies
  • recent authors in Scientific and Engineering
    journals
  • SE Abstracts by computer search
  • reviewer recommendations
  • investigators suggestions

30
National Science Foundation Funding Opportunities
Wheres the treasure?
Website http//www.nsf.gov
31
For Graduate Students
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • 3-year Fellowships, NSF 10-604
  • BIO, Divisions of DEB and IOS
  • Dissertation Improvement Grants
  • NSF 08-564 (3rd Friday in November)
  • International (OISE)
  • Dissertation Enhancement Projects
  • For research at a foreign site
  • NSF 04-036

32
Postdoctoral Opportunities
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology
    (PRFB)
  • Broadening Participation of Under-represented
    groups in Biology
  • Intersections of Biology and Math and Physical
    Sciences
  • NSF 10-587
  • Office of Polar Programs (OPP)
  • Check their web page for latest

33
Postdoctoral Opportunities
  • National Center for Ecological Analysis and
    Synthesis (NCEAS)
  • (http//www.nceas.ucsb.edu)
  • National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)
  • (http//www.nescent.org)
  • National Institute for Mathematical and
    Biological Synthesis
  • (http//www.nimbios.org)

34
Early-career Investigators
  • Research Initiation Grants (RIG)
  • To promote broader participation
  • For new faculty
  • NSF 09-501

35
CAREER Awards
  • For pre-tenure teacher-scholars
  • Integration of research with education
  • NSF-wide
  • BIO minimum of 500,000 for 5 years
  • Check eligibility criteria
  • NSF 08-557

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For Everyone
  • RAPID (Grants for Rapid Response Research)
  • Severe urgency with regard to availability of, or
    access to, data, facilities, etc.
  • One year, up to 200,000
  • 2-5 pages, internal review

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For Everyone
  • EAGER (EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory
    Research)
  • Testing novel ideas approaches
  • Ventures into transformative areas
  • Important new methodology
  • 1-2 years, up to 300,000
  • 5-8 pages, internal review

38
Supplementary Funding
  • Research Assistantships for High School Students
    (RAHSS)
  • Research Experiences for Teachers (RET)
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  • Research Opportunity Award (ROA)

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  1. Read the Solicitations and Manuals (GPG NSF
    11-1)
  2. There are diverse funding opportunities at NSF.
  3. Change happens. Seek current information.
  4. Call or email we are here to help.

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NSF Needs You!
Program Officers
Division Directors
Ad hoc Reviewers
Advisory Panelists
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