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Division 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.

Target Dates
The target 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.  

Other Grant Opportunities
All of the clusters in DEB support:

DEB also actively participates in programs that transcend divisional boundaries, including:

Environmental biologists may also be interested in the following grant competitions:

The NSF Environmental Research and Education web page describes additional funding opportunities.

Data Sharing
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.

Review Criteria
All proposals to DEB will be evaluated with respect to two general criteria, described in the Grant Proposal Guide - intellectual merit and broader impacts:

The intellectual 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 resources?

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?

Contact Information
DEB staff may be contacted via electronic mail at individual email addresses or by fax at (703) 292-8480.

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