The National Science Foundation updated its program solicitation (NSF 13-510) for the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), investigator-initiated research projects.
"The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) supports
quantitative, predictive, and theory-driven fundamental research and
related activities designed to promote understanding of complex living
systems at the molecular, subcellular, and cellular levels. MCB is
soliciting proposals for hypothesis-driven and discovery research and
related activities in four core clusters:
Cellular Dynamics and Function
Systems and Synthetic Biology"
Estimated Number of Awards:
Anticipated Funding Amount:
Pending availability of funds, approximately $85M will be
committed for the total budget of all new awards in each cycle.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) released their 2013 Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants program solicitation in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO). "These grants provide partial support of doctoral dissertation research
to improve the overall quality of research. Allowed are costs for
doctoral candidates to participate in scientific meetings, to conduct
research in specialized facilities or field settings, and to expand an
existing body of dissertation research."
A student must have advanced to candidacy for a Ph.D. degree before the
submission deadline to be eligible to submit a proposal.
Proposals may request up to $13,000 in Direct Costs.
Posted By Lewis-Burke Associates LLC,
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for
Education and Human Resources (EHR) announced a new program to support research
to build foundational knowledge of successful methods of teaching students in
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. While
advancing STEM teaching and learning is a component inherent in many existing
NSF programs, this newly released EHR program seeks to collect foundational
knowledge on STEM learning.
The EHR Core Research program welcomes proposals from
researchers or teams to conduct foundational research that will advance STEM
learning and teaching, and address the challenges of current STEM education
practices. Knowledge obtained through this research will be instrumental
in determining how to best leverage future federal investment in STEM.
EHR is soliciting proposals in the following core areas:
STEM Learning: EHR requests projects that
focus on "the learning of specific
STEM subject matter content and practices; learning progressions, assessments
and instruction-assisted development to support STEM learning; STEM learning
and engagement outside of formal schooling; and dissemination of knowledge and
learning within social networks.”
STEM Learning Environment: The
solicitation seeks to understand how different learning paths (including
university departments, museum exhibits, summer internships, or classroom or
other informal setting) support or hinder STEM learning. The solicitation
notes that "proposals that examine changing and emerging environments such as
online/media learning at scale, blended instruction, virtual reality,
personalized learning environments, and evidence-based approaches to
undergraduate STEM teaching” are of particular interest.
STEM Workforce Development: EHR seeks
proposals that will advance knowledge in the best ways to prepare the future
STEM workforce at all levels.
Broadening Participation in STEM: EHR
invites research to better understand what leads to higher rates of STEM recruitment
and retention that can be used to improve participation of women and other
underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.
The program invites two different types of proposals to
investigate the aforementioned core areas:
Core Research Proposals "that propose to
study a foundational research question/issue designed to inform the
transformation of STEM learning and education” and
Capacity Building Proposals "intended to
support groundwork necessary for advancing research within the four core
Letters of Intent: Not applicable
Due Dates: Proposals are due on July 12, 2013,
February 4, 2014, and the first Tuesday in February, annually thereafter.
Total Funding and Award Size: NSF anticipates a total
funding amount of $20 million, pending the availability of funding, and
estimates making 28 awards. Core Research Proposals may receive up to
$1.5 million over a period of five years. Capacity Building
Proposals may receive up to $300,000 over a period of three years.
Eligibility and Limitations: There is no limit on the
number of PIs per proposal, the number of proposals per organization, or the
number of proposals per PI. Eligible institutions include colleges and
universities, non-profit academic organizations, for-profit organizations, state
and local governments, and unaffiliated individuals.
The National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has replaced its grant reporting system, Current Research
Information System (CRIS), with the Research,
Education, and Extension project online reporting tool (REEport). The new system was launched on May 6, 2013.
Information about the REEport can be found from the following sources:
"REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing
research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU
program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student
research: (1) REU
Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct
projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based
in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or
multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme.
Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU
Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or
renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing
NSF-funded research projects.”
do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities.
Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive
REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the
directory of active REU Sites on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.”
"Proposed projects should develop
and extend sustainable, integrated management strategies that reduce pre- and
post-harvest losses caused by diseases, insects, and weeds in crop and animal production
systems, while maintaining
or improving product quality and production efficiency. Proposals should aim to develop approaches
for managing losses throughout the whole food system (production,
harvesting, storage, processing, distribution, and consumption), and should address
the social, economic, and behavioral aspects of food security."
Other program requirements:
Basic/fundamental research is not
appropriate for this RFA.
Such research is best directed to other RFAs, such as the AFRI Foundational Program
proposal must be integrated and include a combination of at least two of the
following components: applied research, education, or Extension…
Science Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a
prize competition through the Basic
Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) program. The BREAD Ideas Challenge will award
25 agricultural researchers up to $10,000 each for the best ideas in 100 words or less on "the most
pressing issues facing smallholder farmers in the developing world.” The BREAD Ideas Challenge is designed to
inform future research foci of the BREAD program.
"In line with the BREAD mission, the BREAD
Ideas Challenge seeks to identify those "key constraints" and
research foci that, if addressed, could lead to significant benefit to
smallholder agriculture in the developing world. BREAD is looking for creative,
novel challenges and research foci that
could be addressed by basic scientific research
in any of the major fields supported by the BREAD program: crop sciences,
microbes and insects, livestock and animals, soil sciences, weather
forecasting, and technology development.”
An entrant must be 18 years or older
and be a graduate student, postdoctoral associate or faculty member employed at
an eligible institution (e.g., a university, college, or non-profit research
organization, including museums, research laboratories, professional societies,
and similar organizations that are directly associated with educational or
research activities) in the U.S. or internationally. Entries from other
individuals and/or at other organizations will not be accepted
NSF Widening Implementation & Demonstration of Evidence Based
Reforms (WIDER, NSF 13-552)
"…to transform institutions of higher education into supportive
environments for STEM faculty members to substantially increase their use
of evidence-based teaching and learning practices.
…the primary goal of WIDER is to increase substantially the scale
of these improvements within and across the higher education sector in order to
(1) Improved student learning;
(2) Increased numbers of students choosing STEM majors,
particularly from demographic groups underrepresented in STEM;
(3) Improved retention in the first two years of undergraduate
study and to graduation of all STEM majors.
Applicants may apply for WIDER grants to begin institutional
planning efforts, to support implementation efforts for evidence-based teaching
and learning practices, and for research on how to increase
the importance placed on evidence-based practices in institutional
strategic planning and faculty rewards.”
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) recently announced a search for 15 leading scientist-educators with a goal of transforming science education.
From the HHMI website:
As new HHMI professors, each of the scientists will receive $1
million over five years to create activities that integrate their
research with student learning in ways that enhance undergraduate
students’ understanding of science.
HHMI professors are accomplished research scientists who are deeply
committed to making science more engaging for undergraduates. By
providing them with the funds and support to implement their ideas, HHMI
hopes to empower these individuals to create new models for teaching
science at research universities.
"We are looking for scientists who have already thought about how to
integrate their research with their student activities and who are
motivated to pursue tough questions, but who may not have had the time
or resources to implement their ideas,” says David Asai, HHMI’s director
for precollege and undergraduate science education. "We hope that these
awards will really allow them to do things they haven’t done before.”
Applicants can apply online at www.hhmi.org/competitions.
Prospective applicants must establish their eligibility by June 4,
2013, and applications must be completed by July 16, 2013. A panel of
distinguished scientists and educators will review the proposals, and
finalists will be invited to present their proposed activities at a
symposium in May 2014. HHMI will announce the awardees in summer 2014.
The Department of
Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford is keen to hear from early career
researchers who feel they have what it takes to secure a fellowship from one of
the UK or international research sponsors and become an Independent Research Fellow
in the Department. Fellowship opportunities include:
* BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship
* Royal Society University Research
* NERC Fellowship
* ERC Starting Grants.
enable the best early career researchers to establish themselves as independent
research fellows with their own research groups. The fellowships are
prestigious and competitive. Sponsors’ eligibility criteria apply.
We can support the best candidates
to apply for fellowships. We are also keen to hear from fellows who may wish to
transfer a current fellowship to the Department.