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The NSF announced yesterday that the Biology Directorate Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) is discontinuing the use of the preliminary proposal mechanism. Instead, DEB is moving to a “no-deadline”, full proposal mechanism for proposals submitted to the core programs. According to the DEB’s blog post, there will be no call for preliminary proposals in January 2018. Instead, new solicitations describing funding opportunities will be released in 2018, for awards starting in fiscal year 2019. To read the announcement please visit: https://debblog.nsfbio.com/2017/10/05/announcing-the-switch-to-no-deadline/ .

The NIH has developed a page on its website devoted to defining key biological and chemical resources. You may find the definition by clicking here.

Addtionally, it has developed a page providing instruction on what type of information should be included in the Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources Attachment. You may find that information by clicking here.

NSF Headquarters Move

The NSF Headquarters will be relocating its IT operations to its new headquarters in Alexandria, VA from June 30th at 8 p.m. (EDT) through July 4th at 6 p.m. (EDT). During this time the NSF website, Research.Gov and FastLane will be unavailable. Please plan accordingly.  NSF staff will be relocated in August.

Applicants must use FORMS-E application packages for due dates on or after January 25, 2018 and must use FORMS-D application packages for due dates on or before January 24, 2018. Applications submitted using the wrong forms for their intended due date will not be reviewed.

Effective April 24, 2017 the National Science Foundation (NSF) will initiate a new pilot requiring the use of a spreadsheet template for identifying Collaborators and Other Affiliations information for Principal Investigators (PIs), co-PIs, and other senior project personnel identified on proposals.

For information on the pilot and instructions on use of the template and the template please visit: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/coa/coa_pilot.pdf. .




The new NSF Grant Proposal Guide is effective for all proposals with due dates on or after 1/30/17. For proposals being submitted prior to January 30th, but with due dates on or after January 30th, the new Grant Proposal Guide is in effective. To access the Grant Proposal Guide please click here.

The NIH has updated it’s application requirements to include rigor and reproducibility. These updates took effect for research grants and mentored career development award applications submitted for the January 25, 2016 due date and beyond.

These new instructions and revised review criteria focus on four areas deemed important for enhancing rigor and transparency:

Scientific Premise of Proposed Research
Rigorous Experimental Design
Consideration of Sex and Other Relevant Biological Variables
Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resource

For more information and definitions of the above four areas please click here.


The NSF Proposal Guide has been updated. Changes will go into effect for proposals due on or after 1/30/17. For a list of significant changes please click here.

Effective July 25, 2016, OLAW implemented a new Animal Welfare Assurance database that utilizes a new numbering format. Wesleyan’s new number is D16-00543.

Ever wonder who you should contact at the NIH for your particular question? The NIH has created a chart that helps you determine who to contact for a specific question by defining roles and responsibilities and when and who to contact. The chart can be found here.

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