OSP FO# 11-112

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)/Division of Environmental Biology (DEB)/Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS)

PROGRAM: Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for projects aimed at generating long-term series of biological and environmental data that address particular ecological and evolutionary processes. Many important questions in organismal biology, ecology, ecosystem science and evolutionary biology can only be addressed with long-term data. Researchers must demonstrate at least six years of data collection to qualify for funding and the proposal must convey a rationale for at least ten additional years of data collection. Projects that continue critical and novel long-term data collection aimed at resolving important issues in environmental biology will be supported. Research areas include, but are not limited to, populations or predator-prey systems that oscillate over decades; communities of organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals; and behavioral dynamics, stress physiology, or energetic condition of long-lived organisms.

Data yielded by long-term research projects have value beyond the peer-reviewed and other publications generated by the investigators collecting the data. Other researchers may develop new perspectives on the same long-term data or new ideas may arise from a combination of long-term data sets. Also, long-term data are expected to be of special interest to the public. All proposals must describe an information management plan for data sharing with the broader research community and the interested public.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

DEADLINES: July 13, 2011 and January 13, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $2 million to support fifteen to twenty standard or continuing grants. LTREB awards will not exceed $90,000 per year of total costs or $450,000 over the initial 5-year effort.

Involvement of undergraduate and graduate students is encouraged. Researchers may request up to one month of salary per year. These requests must be justified carefully and proposers are encouraged to contact the cognizant program officer prior to proposal development. Because data management is a key aspect of these research projects, it is expected that the proposed budget will reflect the establishment or periodic upgrading of information technology to provide for data sharing with other researchers and the general public. In general, funds will not be provided to purchase major equipment. Under unusual circumstances, the purchase of major equipment (over $5,000) will be entertained if these expenses are well justified. Support from the LTREB Program does not preclude support from other NSF programs.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Saran Twombly, Program Director
Division of Environmental Biology
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 635 N
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8133
Email: stwombly@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10558/nsf10558.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 10-558 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.