OSP FO# 11-114

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

PROGRAM: Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis (OPUS)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to synthesize a body of related research projects in environmental biology that has been conducted by a single individual or group of investigators over an extended period. Synthesis is an essential component of scientific inquiry. Synthesized works have historically been influential in describing the state of a field and in spawning new research directions. OPUS awards will specifically target investigators who have, over time, produced important papers from a series of related research projects, but have not integrated that series into a synthetic work. Generally, support will not be provided for the production of new data or for synthesizing other investigators’ research. OPUS proposals will often be appropriately submitted by mid-to-late career investigators, but are also appropriate for investigators early enough in their careers to be able to produce unique, integrated insights 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. OPUS awards facilitate critical synthesis, and do so in a way that will acknowledge the prestige of this important component of scientific scholarship.

DEADLINE: July 7, 2011 and January 7, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing between $750,000 and $1.2 million to support six to eight awards annually, or 3-4 awards per target date. OPUS funds may be expended over two years. Individual awards will range from $125,000 to $150,000. Direct costs are limited to up to a total of 6.5 months salary plus fringe benefits for the PI and up to $25,000 for direct costs other than PI salary and fringe benefits. Budgets must include costs to attend OPUS PI meetings in 2012 and 2014 at NSF.

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/nsf10557/nsf10557.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 10-557 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.