OSP FO# 11-098

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)/Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)/Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)/Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)/Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)/Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI)/Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)/Office of Polar Programs (OPP)

PROGRAM: Research Coordination Networks (RCN)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to encourage and foster interactions among scientists to advance a field or create new directions in research or education. The goals of the program are to facilitate open communication and exchange of information and resources, to integrate research and/or education activities of scientists, educators, and engineers working independently on topics of common interest, to nurture a sense of community among young scientists, educators, and engineers, and to minimize isolation and maximize cooperation so as to eliminate unnecessary duplication of efforts.

There are three tracks in the RCN program:

General RCN proposals: General RCN proposals should focus on a research question, topic or particular technologies, approaches, or development of standards relevant to one or more participating units. For example, a BIO-based RCN might focus on specific organisms or biological process, a GEO-based RCN might focus on systems approach to understanding a particular geological phenomenon or process.

Targeted Undergraduate Biology Education track: BIO and EHR (Division of Undergraduate Education—DUE) have developed a targeted Undergraduate Biology Education track (RCN-UBE) in recognition of the importance of networking activities to advance biology education. Examples of focal points for these proposals include improving learning in “gateway” courses (e.g., exploring the use of methods that foster active learning or inquiry-based learning), improving learning through the use of emerging technologies in the biology curriculum, strategies and approaches for engaging biology faculty in professional development activities related to undergraduate education and incorporating emerging sub-disciplines into the biology curriculum (e.g., informatics research, proteomics, systems and computational approaches, ecological stoichiometry).

Targeted Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability track: The Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (RCN-SEES) track represents an NSF-wide activity seeking to foster interdisciplinary research and education that advances sustainability science and engineering as an integrative approach to the challenges of adapting to environmental, social and cultural changes associated with growth and development of human populations, and attaining a sustainable energy future.

DEADLINE: General (non-targeted) RCN proposals should be submitted to a participating program in BIO, GEO, SBE, OCI or OPP. Refer to the specific program website for submission dates.
RCN SEES Track: May 24, 2011
RCN UBE and UBE Incubator Track: June 15, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: No specific funds are set aside for general RCN proposals submitted under this announcement. Approximately 5 awards are anticipated for the RCN-UBE track, approximately 7 for RCN-UBE Incubator awards, and approximately 7 for RCN-SEES awards. Individual awards for the general RCN, and RCN-UBE may be up to $500,000 over a duration of five years and up to $750,000 over a duration of five years for RCN-SEES awards. Awards for RCN-UBE Incubator proposals may be up to $50,000 for one year.

Please see the following link for program-specific contact information: http://www.nsf.gov/bio/ef/rcn_sees_contacts_2011.htm
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11531/nsf11531.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 11-531 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.