June 8, 2017
In response to the National Science Foundation's announcement that it is terminating Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants within the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), AIBS wrote to Dr. James Olds, associate director for BIO. The letter calls for NSF to reconsider its decision.
The 6 June announcement affects the Divisions of Integrative Organismal Systems and of Environmental Biology. Other divisions within BIO ended their comparable programs a decade ago.
NSF argued that the administrative burden of the program is part of the reason for the program termination. AIBS noted that the growing popularity of the program was an indication of the importance of the program for cultivating the next generation of independent researchers. AIBS suggested ways in which the administrative burden on NSF officials could be ameliorated, and offered to work with NSF and the community to identify possible modifications or alternative programs.
Read the letter from AIBS.