NSF Div. of Integrative Organismal Systems Core Programs - accepted anytime


National Science Foundation Dir. for Biological Sciences

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NSF Division of Integrative Organismal Systems Core Programs
NSF 20-536 
NSF 21-506 
 Proposals Accepted Anytime

The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) Core Programs Track supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, modification, function, and evolution; biomechanics and functional morphology, physiological processes, symbioses and microbial interactions, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, plant and animal genomics, and animal behavior. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties.

The Rules of Life (RoL) track is not part of this solicitation 21-506.

The name of one of the programs in the Physiological and Structural Systems Cluster has changed. The former Symbiosis, Defense and Self-recognition program has been re-named Symbiosis, Infection, and Immunity.

NSF-BSF Submissions: This solicitation includes updated information about international collaborative research opportunities with the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation as described in Dear Colleague Letter NSF 20-094.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Research Experience for Teachers (RET), Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS) or Research Opportunity Award (ROA) Activities: Requests for supplemental funding for expected REU, RET, RAHSS or ROA activities may be included in the proposal at submission. Post-award requests for supplemental funding are expected to reflect unanticipated opportunities that arise after an award is made.