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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. U.S. President. Science Advisor. Office of Management and Budget. Other boards, councils, etc.

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current trends and funding opportunities in biology and related sciences at nsf

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

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U.S. President

Science Advisor

Office of

Management

and Budget

Other boards,

councils, etc.

Office of Science and

Technology Policy

Science Advisor

Major Departments

Health and

Human Services

Commerce

Agriculture

Interior

Transportation

Defense

Energy

Independent Agencies

National

Aeronautic

and Space

Administration

Environmental

Protection

Agency

Nuclear

Regulatory

Commission

Smithsonian

Institution

Other

agencies

slide3

National Science Board

Office of Inspector General

  • Office of the Director
  • Legislative & Public Affairs
  • Equal Opportunity Prog.
  • General Counsel
  • Integrative Activities
  • Polar Programs
  • Cyberinfrastructure
  • International Programs
  • Office of the Director
  • Legislative & Public Affairs
  • Equal Opportunity Prog.
  • General Counsel
  • Integrative actions
  • Polar Programs
  • Cyberinfrastructure
  • International Programs

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
distinctive features of nsf
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
agenda
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

academic r d as share of total r d by country economy most recent year
Academic R&D as share of total R&D,by country/economy: Most recent year

SOURCE: National Science Board, Science and Engineering Indicators 2006

share of u s articles among most cited articles total s e 1992 2003
Share of U.S. articles among most-cited articles, total S&E: 1992–2003

SOURCE: National Science Board, Science and Engineering Indicators 2006

president s plan for science and innovation
President's Plan for Science and Innovation

Total NSF Funding:FY 2009-FY 2017 (dollars in billions)

% Over

Previous FY

Fiscal Year (FY)

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Climate ChangeScience

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

RIG

PEET

Biodiversity Surveys

& Inventories

RCN

Living Stocks

IGERT

Dissertation Improvement

Databases

grant proposal guide gpg nsf 11 1
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
types of proposal submission
Target dates

No deadlines

(e.g. workshops, SGERs)

Deadlines

Submission Windows

Letters of Intent

Preliminary proposals

Types of Proposal Submission

Solicited vs. Unsolicited

  • Unsolicited proposals are associated with
  • regular research programs
  • Solicited proposals have a published
  • Program Solicitation (Program Announcement)
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“Unsolicited” Proposals
  • Next BIOLOGY Deadline:

July 9, 2011

  • Next BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY Target Date:

August 15, 2011

what to look for in a program solicitation
What to Look for in a Program Solicitation
  • goal of program
  • eligibility
  • special requirements
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Some Current Solicitations

Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation

Dimensions of Biodiversity

Science and

Technology

Centers

Macro-scale Biology

Metabolomics for a

Low Carbon Society

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The Proposal Cycle

Funded!

Declined

& Revise

What next?

Write

Try again

Conceptualize

consider the following
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
merit review criteria

NSF invests in the best ideas from the most capable people, determined by competitivemerit review.

Merit Review Criteria
  • 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

Returned As Inappropriate/Withdrawn

NSF

Proposal

Generating

Document

Minimum

of 3

Reviews

Required

Award

Via

DGA

Organization

submits

via:

FastLane

Program

Officer

Analysis

&

Recom.

Mail

Division

Director

Concur

Panel

Both

NSF

Program

Officer

Organization

Research &

Education

Communities

Decline

Proposal Receipt

at NSF

DD Concur

Award

90 Days

6 Months

30Days

Proposal Receipt to Division Director Concurrence of Program Officer Recommendation

DGA Review & Processing

of Award

Proposal Preparation Time

Proposal

Processing

Unit

what makes a proposal competitive
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

nsf sources of reviewers
NSF Sources of Reviewers
  • program officer’s knowledge of what is being done and who’s 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
  • S&E Abstracts by computer search
  • reviewer recommendations
  • investigator’s suggestions
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National Science Foundation

Funding Opportunities

Where’s the treasure?

Website: http://www.nsf.gov

for graduate students
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
postdoctoral opportunities
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
postdoctoral opportunities1
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)

early career investigators
Early-career Investigators
  • Research Initiation Grants (RIG)
    • To promote broader participation
    • For new faculty
    • NSF 09-501
career awards
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
for everyone
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
for everyone1
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
supplementary funding
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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Read the Solicitations and Manuals (GPG = NSF 11-1)
  • There are diverse funding opportunities at NSF.
  • Change happens. Seek current information.
  • Call or email – we are here to help.
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NSF Needs You!

Program Officers

Division Directors

Ad hoc Reviewers

Advisory Panelists