NSF — Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis (OPUS)

Date Due: 08/01/18

Amount: $125,000 -$200,000

Summary: All four clusters within the Division of Environmental Biology (Population and Community Ecology, Ecosystem Science, Evolutionary Processes, and Systematics and Biodiversity Science) encourage the submission of proposals aimed at synthesizing a body of related research projects conducted by a single individual or a group of investigators over an extended period. OPUS proposals will often be appropriately submitted in mid-to-late career, but will also be appropriate early enough in a career to produce unique, integrated insight useful both to the scientific community and to the development of the investigator’s future work. In cases where multiple scientists have worked collaboratively, an OPUS award will provide support for collaboration on a synthesis.

Keywords: environment, biology

Solicitation number: 14-559

~Amount is $125,000 to $200,000 per year over two years

~Due date is 8/1/18, annually thereafter


URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14559/nsf14559.htm


DOE – Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS)

Date Due:  09/30/17

Amount: $500,000

Summary: This FOA provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore innovative new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology. IDEAS awards are intended to be flexible and may take the form of analyses or exploratory research that provides the agency with information useful for the subsequent development of focused technology programs. IDEAS awards may also support proof-of-concept research to develop a unique technology concept, either in an area not currently supported by the agency or as a potential enhancement to an ongoing focused technology program.

Applications must propose concepts that are not covered by open ARPA-E focused FOAs and that also do not represent incremental improvements over existing technology. IDEAS awards are defined as single-phase efforts of durations 12 months or less with a total project cost of $500,000 or less and will be issued through Grants.

Keywords: biology, environment, climate change, sustainability

Solicitation number: DE FOA 0001428

URL: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/#FoaId45210635-66d2-4e12-a9ee-fb39dca1d01b

NSF — MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science: Research on Biological Systems at Regional and Continental Scales

Date Due: 10/16/17, annually thereafter

Amount: $300,000 over 2 years

Summary: The MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science program will support quantitative, interdisciplinary, systems-oriented research on biosphere processes and their complex interactions with climate, land use, and invasive species and regional to continental scales as well as planning, training, and development activities to enable groups to conduct MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science research.

  • Category 1: Early Career Awards (ECA). Awards to early career scientists employing innovative and creative approaches to advance understanding of regional to continental scale processes and cross-scale interactions. Limited to $300,000 over two years.
  • Category 2: Full Research Awards (FRA). Awards to support MacroSystems Biology Research or Innovative Training to conduct MacroSystems research. Up to 5 years duration.
  • Category 3: Early NEON Science Awards (ENSA). Grants that 1) use or leverage NEON data and/or NEON samples/specimens to address innovative ecological and other biological questions, and/or 2) develop analytic or computational tools that enhance the use and value of NEON data. Up to 5 years.

Notes: Two new proposal categories were added this year: Early Career Awards (MSB-ECA) and Early NEON Science Awards (MSB-ENSA)

Keywords: biology, climate change, land use

Limitations: Early Career Awards: Individuals must be Assistant Professor at time of proposal submission; must hold a doctorate by the deadline date and be untenured until 10/1 following the deadline.

Solicitation number: 16-521

~Due date is 10/16/17, 3rd Monday in October annually thereafter

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16521/nsf16521.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

NSF — Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP)

Date Due: 10/31/17, annually thereafter

Amount: Not Specified

Summary: The Chemistry of Life Processes (CLP) Program supports investigations at the interface of Chemistry and Biology in which the primary knowledge contributions and innovations are in the chemistry aspects of the project; for example, in the study of molecular structure and reaction mechanism of biologically important systems.

The research supported by CLP addresses the fundamental chemistry involved in the function of biomolecules and that of molecules used in probing biological systems. Projects typically employ experimental and/or theoretical approaches to study the chemistry of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates or lipids.  The scope of the research and the methods used to conduct the research are intrinsically interdisciplinary.

Keywords: biology, chemistry

Notes: CLP is interested in understanding function rather than malfunction or dysfunction.

Solicitation number: PD 09-6833

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503417&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund


NSF – Division of Environmental Biology (DEB)

Date Due: 01/23/18 (prelim); 08/02/18 (full, by invitation)

Amount: $200,000 (small)

Summary: DEB supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems with emphases across evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles.

Keywords: biology, environment, biodiversity

Solicitation number: 17-512

~Amount is small grants: <$200,000; larger grants see REU or LTREB

~Due date is 01/23/18 (preliminary, required) annually thereafter; 08/02/18 (full, by invitation) annually thereafter

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17512/nsf17512.htm

NSF– Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS)

(IOS)Date Due: 01/19/18 (preliminary); 08/03/18 (full, by invitation)

Amount: $3,000,000, average around $250,000

Summary: The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior. Proposals are welcomed in all of the core scientific program areas supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. All investigator-initiated proposals submitted to this solicitation must be invited based on merit review of preliminary proposals.

Keywords: biology

Limitations: No more than two preliminary proposals as PI or Co-PI per year.

Solicitation number: 17-508

~Amount is EDGE: $3,000,000 for up to three years

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17508/nsf17508.htm