OSP FO# 11-121

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)

PROGRAM: Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to encourage new approaches to the analysis and dissemination of biological knowledge for the benefit of both the scientific community and the broader public. The ABI program is especially interested in the development of informatics tools and resources that have the potential to advance, or transform, research in biology supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation. The ABI program accepts two major types of proposals:

1) Innovation awards – Innovation awards seek to pioneer new approaches to the application of informatics to biological problems. Proposals are distinguished by a high degree of novelty and potential impact. The scope of the proposal should be focused on one discreet, or several very tightly coupled, problem(s) in biological informatics. Outcomes will typically be publication of new methodologies, proof of concept, or production of a prototype for further development. Innovation awards enable a team to solve challenging, high risk problems with relatively shorter timelines and less complex management plans; and

2) Development awards – Development awards seek to provide robust cyberinfrastructure that will enable transformative biological research. Proposals involve the development of a finished product that will have demonstrable impact in advancing biological research. Development awards convey their likelihood of success through greater attention to user engagement, design quality, engineering practices, management plan, and dissemination. Budgets and award durations are expected to be larger for development awards in order to accommodate the iterative process of bringing a proof of concept into a robust, broadly-adopted cyberinfrastructure.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

DEADLINE: July 12, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $22 million to support 20-30 standard or continuing grants. Approximately $8-10 million is available for new awards depending on prior commitments.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Peter McCartney
Program Director
Directorate for Biological Sciences
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 615 N
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8470
Fax: (703) 292-9063
Email: dbiabi@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10567/nsf10567.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 10-567 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.