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Recently Posted:  Rapid Response Research Grants on Research about the Potential Threat of Debris Fields from the March 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami on the West Coast of North America.  See Dear Colleague Letter for details.

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  12-604) Posted August 30, 2012

Innovation Corps Teams Program
(NSF  12-602) Posted August 28, 2012

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows
(NSF  12-601) Posted August 27, 2012

Ocean Acidification
(NSF  12-600) Posted August 16, 2012

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  12-599) Posted August 16, 2012

Upcoming Due Dates See All

International Collaborations in Organismal Biology Between US and Israeli Investigators
(NSF  12-577) Preliminary Proposal: September 4, 2012

Nitrogen: Improving on Nature
(NSF  12-579) Preliminary Proposal: September 7, 2012, required for participation in Ideas Lab otherwise optional

Advances in Biological Informatics
(NSF  12-567) Full Proposal: September 10, 2012

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  12-569) Full Proposal: September 12, 2012, Deadline for REU Site proposals except for those requiring access to Antarctica

Arctic SEES
(NSF  12-553) Full Proposal: September 14, 2012

Funding Rates

FY 2011 BIO Funding Rate for Research Grants

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News See All
image of plant cells shows EIN2 (red) Discovery May Help Protect Crops From Stressors
Released August 30, 2012
News From the Field
Photo of tiny, engineered origami structures. Engineers Pursue Flexible Electronics, Self-folding Structures and Controlled Photosynthesis on a Grand Scale
Released August 23, 2012
Press Release
image of a baby chimp More Clues About Why Chimps and Humans Are Genetically Different
Released August 23, 2012
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
Photo of Acropora coral on NSF's Moorea Coral Reef LTER site. Tropical Reefs' Surviving Environmental Stresses: Corals' Choice of Symbiotic Algae May Hold the Key
Corals that host fewer species of algae are less sensitive to disturbances
Released  August 29, 2012

Photo of a moose in the water on the shoreline of Isle Royale. From Lake to Land, in a Land of Lakes
Moose act as conduits of nitrogen between water bodies and the edges of lakes, ponds
Released  August 17, 2012

Illustration of satellite and ground-based systems monitoring snowmelt and water in the Sierra. A Tree Stands in the Sierra Nevada
A coniferous view of the link between snowmelt and water supplies in the U.S. West
Released  August 7, 2012

Events Calendar See All

September 5, 2012  - September 6, 2012
Fall BIO Advisory Committee Meeting
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