OSP FO# 11-213

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

PROGRAM: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (DDIG)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides partial support for doctoral dissertation research in selected areas of the biological sciences in order to improve the overall quality of the research, to allow doctoral candidates to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings away from the home campus, to participate in scientific meetings and to provide opportunities for greater diversity in collecting and creativity in analyzing data than would otherwise be possible using only locally available resources. Proposals with a focus falling within the scope of any cluster in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) or in the scientific area of animal behavior supported by the Behavioral Systems Cluster in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) are eligible. Please note that DEB programs generally do not support research in marine ecology.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: A student must have advanced to candidacy for a Ph.D. degree to be eligible to submit a proposal. A statement that the student has advanced to candidacy for a Ph.D. signed by the department chairperson, graduate dean, or similar administrative official is required. The proposal must be submitted through regular university channels by the dissertation advisor(s) on behalf of a graduate student who is at the point of initiating or is already conducting dissertation research. The student must be enrolled at a U.S. institution, but need not be a U.S. citizen. Institutions should limit applications to outstanding dissertation proposals with unusual financial requirements that cannot be met otherwise. Preference may be given to projects that are underway and for which feasibility is demonstrated. An organization may submit only one proposal per student in a given year and may not submit a new proposal after receiving funding for a previous DDIG proposal.

DEADLINE: November 10, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: Under this announcement, proposals may be submitted for amounts up to $15,000. NSF expects to fund 100-120 standard 24-month awards depending on the quality of submissions and the availability of funds. The duration and grant amount are flexible but must be justified by the scope of the work and documented in the proposal. Approximately $1.6 million is available annually, pending availability of funds.

These awards are intended to provide supplemental funds for items not normally available from the student’s university or other sources. They are not intended to provide the total costs of a student’s dissertation research. Allowable items include travel to specialized facilities, field research locations and professional meetings, use of specialized research equipment, purchase of supplies and services not otherwise available, the hiring of field or laboratory assistants, fees for computerized or other forms of data, and rental of environmental chambers or other research facilities. Funds may not be used for stipends, tuition, textbooks, journals, allowances for dependents, publication costs, dissertation preparation or reproduction.

Program Officer
Division of Environmental Biology & Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230
DEB: (703) 292-8480; IOS: (703) 292-8423
Email: ddig-deb@nsf.gov; ddig-ios@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11569/nsf11569.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. 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 11-569 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.