An article in the July 2014 issue of BioScience looks at the impacts of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) changes to the proposal submission process in the Directorate for Biological Sciences. Two programs now require preproposals for a once-a-year submission deadline. NSF estimates that the funding rates for applications to the Division of Environmental Biology and Division of Integrative Organismal Systems is currently on the order of 5 to 8 percent. Many scientists have expressed concerns about the changes, both in terms of declining funding rates and increased workload of reviews. Read the article for free at


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