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BIO Fastlane Implementation Is In Effect
See Dear Colleague Letter NSF 99-83

Program Opportunities & Deadlines
In addition to the BIO Core Program areas which have standard submission dates twice a year and are highlighted in the side bar on the left, the Biological Sciences also offers a variety of opportunities that provide support for human resource development, infrastructure improvement and supplemental funding as well as numerous special competitions throughout the year. To facilitate communication within the biology community, questions about any cross-directorate activity may be directed to either Joann Roskoski or the appropriate disciplinary program. For a brief description of these additional activities select the category in the pull down menu below and then click on the desired sort mode.

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Deadlines and Target Dates
Many programs in the BIO Directorate have an established deadline or target date(s) for submission of proposals. The earliest possible effective date for an award would be approximately six months after the target or deadline date. Unless there is a program announcement stating otherwise, proposals must conform to all format requirements in the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG), with special attention to page limitations, font size, and appendix materials. Some programs or specific competitions have program announcements that provide more details about the activities described in the Guide to Programs. These publications can be obtained from the NSF Online Document System, through the NSF Forms and Publications Unit or through the program itself.


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