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Plant Genome Research Program

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    Integrative Graduate     Education and Research     Training (IGERT)

    Graduate Teaching Fellows in     K-12 Education (GK-12)


    Major Research     Instrumentation (MRI)

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites

Provides opportunities for undergraduate students to experience hands-on participation in research or related scholarly activity. BIO provides support to grantees who involve students in either ongoing research (REU Supplements) or special training programs (REU Sites). For additional information not found in the program announcement, contact the program officer in your area of research interest.

Deadline Date for Sites: August 17, 2004
Program Solicitation: NSF 04-584
Point of Contact: DBI Program Officer
List of Current REU Sites, REU Home Page

Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology (UMEB)

This program is designed to enable institutions to create innovative programs that will encourage undergraduate students, especially those from under-represented groups, to pursue a career in environmental biology. UMEB supports projects designed to engage undergraduate students in year-round research activities and to provide sustained mentoring support.

The FY 2005 program solicitation is under development. The next target date is expected to be in spring 2005.

Point of Contact: DBI Program Officer

Cross-disciplinary Research at Undergraduate Institutions

(formerly Collaborative Research at Undergraduate Institutions)

Supports research efforts involving faculty from different fields and undergraduate students at predominantly undergraduate institutions. This program is specifically targeted toward cross-disciplinary research projects that require contributions from more than one disciplinary area. C-RUI is also intended to facilitate greater diversity in student participation and to contribute to the development of the next generation of scientists well-trained in 21st century biology.

Deadline Date: June 15, 2004
Program Solicitation: NSF 04-536
Point of Contact: DBI Program Officer

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT)
(Replaces the BIO Research Training Groups Activity)

To meet the need for a cadre of broadly prepared Ph.D.s with the technical, professional, and personal skills essential to addressing the varied career demands of the future, NSF has developed an agency-wide initiative that sponsors the development of
innovative, research-based graduate education and training
programs in Ph.D.-granting institutions. The IGERT Program supports projects based on multidisciplinary research themes and organized by diverse groups of investigators with appropriate research and teaching expertise.

Preliminary Proposal Due Date: February 4, 2005
Program Solicitation: NSF 05-517
Point of Contact: BIO Program Officer
IGERT Home Page

NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12)

This program supports fellowships and associated training that will enable graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology to serve as resources in K-12 schools. Academic institutions apply for awards to support fellowship activities, and are responsible for selecting fellows.

Deadline Date: June 2, 2004
Program Solicitation: NSF 04-533
Point of Contact:
Dr. Sally O'Connor
GK-12 Home Page

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

These are offered in selected areas to U.S. citizens, nationals, and lawfully admitted permanent resident aliens. Applicants choose a sponsoring scientist and present a research and training plan. The fellowships are awards to individuals for research and training at any appropriate U.S. or foreign institution, for two years, and require a change from the Ph.D. institution. Specific activities are described below.

Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

This program seeks to prepare minority scientists within four years of receipt of their doctoral degree for leadership positions in academia and industry. The term minority, as used here, refers to those ethnic groups that are significantly underrepresented at advanced levels of science and engineering in the U.S., i.e., Native Americans, Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Pacific Islanders. Foreign tenure can be followed by an additional third year of support at a U.S. institution. Fellows are invited to an annual meeting at NSF and are eligible to apply for research starter grants. Minority graduate students within 18 months of their doctoral degree are eligible for travel awards to visit prospective sponsors prior to preparing a fellowship application.

Deadline Date: First Monday in December
Program Solicitation: NSF 00-139
Point of Contact: DBI Program Officer

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biological Informatics
(formerly Interdisciplinary Informatics)

Offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biological Informatics to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in developing and using computational, statistical, and other tools in the collection, organization, dissemination, and use of information to solve problems in biology. The research and training plan of each fellowship is expected to address important scientific questions in contemporary biology and include a strong linkage between computer, information, and computational science and biology and develop and/or apply state-of-the-art informatics tools or approaches to the stated problem. Fellows who accept a tenure-track position following the fellowship may apply for research starter grants.

Deadline: Second Monday in April
Program Solicitation: NSF 04-539 (Replaces NSF 98-162)
Point of Contact: DBI Program Officer
Awards: Fiscal Year ~1999 ~ 2000 ~ 2001

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Microbial Biology

Supports training and research on the basic biology of protozoan, microalgal, fungal, archaeal, bacterial, and viral species that are not generally considered to be model organisms, e.g., E. coli, Saccharomyces cerevesiae, TMV. The use of model organisms in comparative studies with non-model organisms is not excluded. Studies of the interactions of these microbes among each other and with plants and animals, e.g., symbiosis, may also be supported. Applicants are reminded that BIO does not support research with disease-related goals, including the etiology, diagnosis, or treatment of physical or mental disease, abnormality, or malfunction in human beings or animals. Animal or plant models of such conditions or the development or testing of drugs or other procedures for their treatment also are not eligible for support.

Deadline Date: First Monday in October 2000 - 2003
Program Announcement: NSF 99-142
Point of Contact: DBI Program Officer

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biosciences Related to the Environment

Fiscal year 1998 was the last year for this program to support research and training in any biological science on the fundamental mechanisms underlying interactions between organisms and their environment at the molecular, cellular, organismal, population, community, and/or ecosystem levels. Former fellows are still eligible to apply for research starter grants at the end of the fellowship.

Program Guideline: NSF 94-114
Point of Contact: DBI Program Officer

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Molecular Evolution

This program terminated in fiscal year 1998. These Fellowships were sponsored jointly by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and NSF as part of a five year program to encourage and train recent Ph.D. scientists in molecular evolution.

Program Guideline: NSF 93-151 (archived)


The goal of the ADVANCE program is to increase the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce. To meet this goal, the ADVANCE program provides award opportunities for both individuals and organizations: Fellows Awards, Institutional Transformation Awards, and Leadership Awards. NSF seeks to support new approaches to improving the climate for women in U.S. academic institutions and to facilitate women's advancement to the highest ranks of academic leadership.

Program Solicitation: NSF 02-121
Point of Contact: BIO Program Officer

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