HomeFederal GovernmentGrants$55 Million Grant Availability from National Science Foundation to Study Why Organisms Function as They Do

The U.S. National Science Foundation has announced the availability of $55 million in funding aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do.

The NSF anticipates providing 220 new and continuing awards nationwide to Universities, Colleges, Non-profits and other organizations associated with educational or research activities. Proposals are welcome in all of the core scientific program areas supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems.

Preliminary proposal due dates are January 19, 2017 and 2018, thereafter annually on the third Friday in January. Full proposal deadline is August 4, 2017 and then the first Friday in August, annually, thereafter.

Areas of inquiry include but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:
• Universities and Colleges – Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.
• Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
• Consortia of only the eligible organizations listed above.

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