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Bullet policy · Oct 12, 2020

NSF BIO Changes Solicitations Process

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) has announced changes to their program solicitation process, specifically the migration of BIO’s “no-deadline” solicitations from FastLane to Research.gov.

BIO will require submission of full proposals via Research.gov or Grants.gov for program solicitations that have no deadlines in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB), the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS), the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), and in the Research Resources Cluster of the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI).

According to BIO Assistant Director Joanne Tornow, the migration of these solicitations to Research.gov is the first step in an NSF-wide effort to modernize their proposal submission and review systems. The new system is intended to improve user experience while reducing administrative burdens. “We expect that new solicitations for the affected programs will be published in the coming weeks and that the migration of those solicitations to Research.gov will be effective 90 days after the new solicitations are published,” stated Tornow.

NSF will be holding a series of BIO-wide virtual office hours, where the research community can learn more from BIO program officers about the migration and overall modernization efforts. The virtual office hours will occur on Monday, October 19 at 11 AM EDT; Tuesday October 20 at 10 AM EDT; Wednesday, October 21 at 1 PM EDT; and Thursday, October 22 at 3 PM EDT. Members of the community are invited to register for these sessions at https://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=301092&org=BIO.