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Overview of NSF and the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) Tom Brady Division Director Integrative Organismal Biology October 21-22, 2005 www.nsf.gov The National Science Foundation (NSF) Is an Independent Agency of the Federal Government

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Overview of NSF

and the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)

Tom Brady

Division Director

Integrative Organismal Biology

October 21-22, 2005

www.nsf.gov

the national science foundation nsf
The National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Is an Independent Agency of the Federal Government
  • Was established in 1950 to promote and advance scientific progress in the United States by sponsoring scientific research and by supporting selected activities in science and engineering
  • Does not conduct research itself.
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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

Homeland

Security

Defense

Energy

Independent Agencies

National

Aeronautic

and Space

Administration

Environmental

Protection

Agency

Nuclear

Regulatory

Commission

Smithsonian

Institution

Other

agencies

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NSF Mission

NSF Act of 1950

  • To promote scientific progress
  • To advance national health,

prosperity and welfare

  • To secure national defense
national science foundation
National Science Foundation
  • Supports education and trainingat all levels
  • Promotes public understanding of science, engineering and math
  • Ensures a world-class science, engineering and technology workforce for the U.S.
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National Science Foundation

National Science

Board

Inspector General

Director

Deputy Director

Staff Offices

Computer &

Info. Science

& Engineering

Mathematical

& Physical

Sciences

Biological

Sciences

Geosciences

Engineering

Budget,

Finance &

Award

Management

Information Resource

Management

Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences

Education &

Human

Resources

who receives awards
Who receives awards?
  • Universities and colleges
  • Academic consortia
  • Nonprofit institutions
  • Small businesses
  • University and industry collaborations
  • National research centers
  • International research and education efforts
national science foundation9
National Science Foundation
  • Welcomes proposals from all qualified scientists and engineers
  • Strongly encourages women, members of groups underrepresented in science and engineering, and persons with disabilities to compete fully in NSF programs
nsf fy 2006 budget priorities
NSF FY 2006 Budget Priorities
  • Strengthen Core Disciplinary Research
  • Provide broadly accessible cyberinfrastructure and other world class facilities
  • Broaden participation in the science and engineering workforce
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Directorate for Biological Sciences

(BIO)

Information and Automation Resources Unit

(IAR)

Division of

Biological Infrastructure

(DBI)

Division of

Environmental Biology

(DEB)

Division of Integrative Organismal Biology

(IOB)

Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

(MCB)

Ecological Biology

HumanResources

BehavioralSystems

Biomolecular

Systems

Developmental

Systems

Ecosystem

Science

Research

Resources

Cellular Systems

Population & Evolutionary Processes

Genes and Genome

Systems

Environmental &Structural Systems

Plant Genome

Research Program

Systematic Biology &Biodiversity Inventories

Functional & Regulatory Systems

Emerging Frontiers (EF)

Effective September 2004

major bio responsibilities
Major BIO Responsibilities
  • Long-term Ecological Research
  • Systematic Biology; Biodiversity
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Microbial Biology (not medical)
  • Bioinformatics
molecular and cellular biosciences

BIO Core Areas

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
  • Genes and Genome Systems
  • Biomolecular Systems
  • Cellular Systems
integrative organismal biology

BIO Core Areas

Integrative Organismal Biology
  • Behavioral Systems
  • Developmental Systems
  • Environmental and Structural Systems
  • Functional and Regulatory Systems
environmental biology

BIO Core Areas

Environmental Biology
  • Ecological Biology
  • Ecosystem Science
  • Population & Evolutionary Processes
  • Systematic Biology & Biodiversity Inventories
biological infrastructure
Biological Infrastructure
  • Human Resources
    • Postdoctoral Fellowships
    • Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites (REU Sites)
    • Undergraduate Mentorship in Environmental Biology (UMEB)
    • Collaborative Research in Undergraduate Institutions (C-RUI)
biological infrastructure19
Biological Infrastructure
  • Research Resources
    • Field Stations and Marine Labs
    • Instrument Development
    • Multi-user Equipment & Instrumentation
    • Biological Databases & Informatics
    • Living Stock Collections
    • Biological Research Collections
plant genome research program
Plant Genome Research Program
  • Supports research on the structure, organization and function of plant genomes; elucidates fundamental biological processes.
  • Accelerates acquisition and utilization of new knowledge and innovative technologies.
  • Focuses on plants of economic importance and plant processes of potential economic value.
national ecological observatory network neon
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
  • NEON will be a national network of observatories located continent-wide, providing research platforms for integrated studies in field biology
  • Each observatory will have state-of-the-art infrastructure to support interdisciplinary, integrated research.
  • NEON is in early stages of development.
nsf wide opportunities
NSF-wide Opportunities
  • Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER)
  • Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER)
  • Integrative Graduate Education & Research Traineeships (IGERT)
  • Major Research Instrumentation
faculty early career development career
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER)
  • Supports teacher-scholars committed to the integration of research and education.
  • Proposals present research plans that integrate research and education.
  • BIO minimum award of $100,000 per year for 5 years.
  • Deadline annually in July (New Program Solicitation will be released soon.)
ongoing funding opportunities
Ongoing Funding Opportunities
  • Arabidopsis 2010 Project
  • Microbial Genome Sequencing
  • Microbial Observatories & Microbial Interactions and Processes
  • Ecology of Infectious Diseases
  • Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research (FIBR)
  • Assembling the Tree of Life
  • Research Coordination Networks
nsf fy 2006 priority areas
NSF FY 2006 Priority Areas
  • Biocomplexity in the Environment
  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Human and Social Dynamics
new bio program solicitation
New BIO Program Solicitation

Research Initiation Grants (RPG) and

Career Advancement Awards (CAA) for

Broadening Participation

research initiation grants rig career advancement awards caa
Research Initiation Grants (RIG) Career Advancement Awards (CAA)
  • Broadening Participation – Especially faculty from underrepresented groups or minority serving institutions
  • RIG – New Investigators
  • CAA – May have previously been PI
  • $150k - 24 months, $25k equipment
for more information
For More Information

http://www.nsf.gov