NSF Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Has New Proposal Submission Process

NSF Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Has New Proposal Submission Process

May 13, 2011

The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is implementing an eight month cycle for proposal submission and will initiate new procedures, on a trial basis, for the submission and review of research proposals beginning in Fall, 2011.

The new deadlines for submitting proposals are:

 

September 06, 2011
May 21, 2012
January 28, 2013

 A researcher may now submit only one proposal (as a PI or co-PI) per cycle.
The changes apply to the four core clusters in MCB:
  • Biomolecular Dynamics, Structure and Function
  • Cellular Processes
  • Genetic Mechanisms
  • Networks and Regulation

A Dear Colleague Letter published on May 10, 2011 outlines the new process; details can be found in the new proogram solicitation, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-initiated research projects (MCB)FAQs related to the changes also have been posted.

The goal of these new procedures is:

  •     to better manage proposal processing in the face of increasing numbers of proposals
  •     to reduce the growing burden on the PI and reviewer community
  •     to improve funding rates

The Division feels that the longer review cycle (8 months vs. 6 months, previously) will now give the PIs of declined proposals sufficient time for thoughtful revision.

Program contacts and other information can be found on the MCB Investigator-initiated Research program page.

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