of Environmental Biology
The Division of
Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations,
species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range
across many evolutionary and ecological processes and include biodiversity,
molecular genetic and genomic evolution, mesoscale ecology, macroscale
ecology, ecosystem services, conservation biology, global change,
biogeochemical cycles, and restoration ecology. Research on origins,
functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history
may incorporate field, laboratory, or museum approaches; observational
or manipulative experiments; as well as theoretical approaches involving
analytical, statistical, or simulation modeling.
dates for submission of proposals to the Division of Environmental
Biology are January 9 and July 9 for all programs unless
otherwise stated in specific program announcements. Proposals received
by the target date will be considered in the next panel review cycle.
The earliest possible effective date for an award would be approximately
six months after the target date or deadline date.
All of the clusters in DEB support:
DEB also actively
participates in programs that transcend divisional boundaries, including:
biologists may also be interested in the following grant competitions:
Environmental Research and Education web page describes additional
Proposals submitted to all programs in DEB must adhere to the general
NSF policy on data sharing as described in the Grant Proposal Guide:
the NSF “expects PIs to share with other researchers, at no
more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the data,
samples, physical collections and other supporting materials, created
or gathered in the course of the work.” Thus, proposals should
describe plans for specimen and information management and sharing,
including where data and metadata, will be stored and maintained,
and the likely schedule for release. These plans will be considered
as part of the review process.
All proposals to DEB will be evaluated with respect to two general
criteria, described in the Grant
Proposal Guide - intellectual merit and broader impacts:
merit of a proposed activity might address a number of questions.
How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and
understanding within its own field or across different fields? How
well qualified is the proposer (individual or team) to conduct the
project? (If appropriate, the reviewer will comment on the quality
of prior work.) To what extent does the proposed activity suggest
and explore creative and original concepts? How well conceived and
organized is the proposed activity? Is there sufficient access to
The broader impacts of the proposed activity might address a number
of questions as well. How well does the activity advance discovery
and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning?
How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of
underrepresented groups (e.g., gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic,
etc.)? To what extent will it enhance the infrastructure for research
and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and
partnerships? Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance
scientific and technological understanding? What may be the benefits
of the proposed activity to society?
staff may be contacted via electronic mail at individual email
addresses or by fax at (703) 292-8480.