OSP FO# 11-141

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)/Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB)

PROGRAM: Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects (MCB)

OBJECTIVES: The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) supports fundamental research and related activities designed to decipher molecular underpinnings of complex living systems. The Division supports research across a broad spectrum of experimental systems, ranging from organisms, such as plants and microbes, to the use of in silico approaches. Typical research in areas supported by MCB integrates theory and experimentation.

Although the Division considers projects in all areas of molecular and cellular biology, the following types of projects are given high priority.

  • Projects that address the emerging areas of single molecule or single cell studies, small RNA and chromatin biology, predictive modeling at molecular and cellular levels, real-time biology examining dynamics of molecules, cells, populations and synthetic biology.
  • Projects related to bio-inspired solutions to clean energy and to environmental changes, especially when the research uses modeling or synthetic biology to address questions relating to the capture and use of energy by biological catalysts or to the analysis and prediction of molecular mechanisms underlying phenotypic variation and adaptation to environmental change.
  • Development of new methods and tools that will be applicable to a wide range of molecular and cellular research.
  • Research at the interface of molecular and cellular biosciences and physical, mathematical, computational and engineering sciences. Additional information about the research at the interface can be found in the Dear Colleague Letter about this topic (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf11010). The PIs are encouraged to use MPS-BIO at the beginning of the title if appropriate.

This program invites research proposals for the following clusters:

  • Biomolecular dynamics, structure, and function
  • Cellular processes
  • Genetic mechanisms
  • Networks and regulation

MCB also supports:

  • Conferences, Workshops and Symposia
  • Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)
  • Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID
  • Research Coordination Networks (RCN)
  • The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
  • Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
  • Supplemental funding requests

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

DEADLINE: September 6, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $65 million to fund 100 standard or continuing grants. Requested budget and duration should be in proportion to the proposed scope of the project. The Division funds research projects of varying durations (typically 3 to 5 years) and size.

Kamal Shukla
Biomolecular Dynamics, Structure, and Function
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 655 S
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8440
Fax: (703) 292-9061
E-mail: bio-mcb-bdsf@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11545/nsf11545.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 11-545 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.