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1 WEBINAR NOTICES 1.Participants will be in Listen Only mode until Q&A for this webinar which is being recorded. 2.To view real-time captions of this webinar, in a second web browser page go to: and enter event confirmation number 1832131, if you need this accommodation. 3.Remember to state your name and organization before commenting during Q&A. 4.Speak clearly and loudly so all comments can be heard.

2 Division of Environmental Biology New Solicitation for Core Programs 2011 Webinar What is changing? Why is it changing? What are the details? How is merit review affected ? Questions?

3 Take Home Message: Starting with the January 2012 proposal submission deadline – all proposals submitted to the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) must conform to new, division-wide solicitation NSF 11-573 What is changing?

4 The new, Environmental Biology (DEB) solicitation is one of three new solicitations released by the Directorate for Biological Sciences : A new solicitation for proposals submitted to Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) was announced May, 2011. MCB will now accept full proposals at 8-month deadlines. The rest of this presentation concerns 2 new solicitations for proposals submitted to Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) or DEB. The IOS and DEB solicitations both: 1.Require a pre-proposal submission in January followed by full proposal deadline in August. 2.Full proposals can be submitted ONLY if invited by the program based on review of a pre-proposal. What is changing?

5 What types of proposals are affected by these new solicitations? All regular research proposals that were previously submitted through the NSF Grant Proposal Guide, or to any of the core Programs Descriptions in IOS or DEB must conform to the new solicitations. In addition, any proposals submitted to the core programs in IOS or DEB through the Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) or Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) solicitations must conform to the same, new solicitations.

6 The IOS core programs are: Behavioral Systems: Animal Behavior Developmental Systems: Plant, Fungal and Microbial Developmental Systems Animal Developmental Systems Evolution of Developmental Systems Neural Systems: Organization Activation Modulation Physiological and Structural Systems: Symbiosis, Defense and Self-Recognition Processes, Structures and Integrity Organism-Environment Interactions

7 The DEB core programs are: Ecosystem Science Cluster: Ecosystem Studies Evolutionary Processes Cluster: Evolutionary Ecology Evolutionary Genetics Population and Community Ecology Cluster: Population and Community Ecology Long Term Research in Environmental Biology Systematics and Biodiversity Science Cluster: Phylogenetic Systematics Biodiversity: Discovery and Analysis

8 Assembling the Tree of Life - ATOL CAREER Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems - CNH Dimensions of Biodiversity Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases - EEID Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis - OPUS Research Coordination Networks – RCN Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants - DDIG Also, ALL programs in IOS and DEB will continue to accept: Conference and workshop proposals EAGERs RAPIDs Supplements to existing awards Solicitations NOT affected by this change include ( but are not limited to ):

9 Full proposal success rates in DEB have declined from ~25% in 2001 to levels that are ~10% in 2011. PIs are writing more and more full proposals in response to this declining success rate. Increased proposal numbers, low success rates, and high numbers of resubmissions create inefficiencies and reviewer burnout. In short, everyone is working harder for the same resources. To address this workload challenge IOS and DEB will change to a system of review that starts with pre-proposal submission, followed by invited full proposals. Why are we changing things in DEB?

10 During the past decade the number of proposals submitted to DEB has nearly doubled while the number of awards we are able to fund has remained relatively unchanged. Consequently, success rate has dropped (except in 2009 - stimulus-ARRA funds) and is now approaching single digit percent rates Proposals Success Rate Awards Proposal Submissions and Awards ARRA 2000200220042006200820102012 Year 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 Number of Projects 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Success Rate %

11 Total Reviews Panelists Reviews Mail Reviews Total number of reviews submitted to DEB increased until 2007 when programs began decreasing mail review requests in order to reduce the added workload of increasing numbers of proposals. However, the number of panelists necessary to review proposals has continued to increase. Burden on Reviewer Community

12 What are the details? (same for both IOS and DEB) Single pre-proposal deadline per year followed by submission of invited full proposals Preliminary proposals are required – January 9 deadline Limit per division of 2 per individual, including as: PI or Co-PI on any planned single institution or collaborative submission. Lead personnel on any planned subaward. Pre-proposal panel review only March-April Invite or Not Invite decision ~May 1 Full proposal submission – August 2 deadline Only Only invited proposals will be accepted (LTREB- Renewal, OPUS and RCN proposals to core programs will also be accepted but only at this deadline) Panel review (with possible ad hoc reviews) October-November Award/Decline decisions by December

13 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec Annual Cycle of Review and Recommendation Pre-proposal Submission Pre-proposal review panels Notification of Invite / Not Invite Full-proposal Submission Full-proposal review panels Notification of Award/ Decline Write full proposal

14 Cover sheet Title must begin with DEB Preliminary Proposal: and ABR:, RUI: or LTREB: as appropriate. Project Summary – Standard GPG rules -1 page Project Description (1 pg. list of senior personnel, 4 pg. for project description) Page 1: List all PI/Co-PIs (on all planned institutional proposal submissions if a collaborative proposal, and on all planned subawards). Page 2-5: Describe both intellectual merit and broader impacts. No requirement to describe results from prior NSF support. Biographical Sketches – for all personnel listed on pg. 1 of Project Description Single Copy Documents: list of COIs Alphabetized list of all individuals with conflicts of interests for all PIs, Co-PIs and subaward leads as listed on pg. 1. of Project Description. No budget is required : Enter $2 in requested amount box on cover page No Facilities section should be submitted No Appendices nor any other type of supplementary documents are allowed – this includes no Postdoctoral Mentering Plan and no Data Management Plan Pre-proposal Format

15 As with any proposal: A good research project is a creative, important idea, well grounded in theory, clearly expressed and convincingly justified, and with appropriate methods and expertise for pursuing the idea, evaluating the findings, and making them known to all. Pre-proposal Content

16 The Project Description of a pre-proposal should address: – the main idea, issue, phenomena, or concepts that the PIs intend to address, – the specific questions, hypotheses or aims the project will pursue in order to address the issues, – the conceptual basis and novelty of those ideas/questions and rationale for why they are of general interest, – the research approaches or experimental plan, – the ability of the team to conduct the research, – the planned broader impacts.

17 Basis for Invite/Not Invite Decisions Assessment by the pre-proposal panel – Are the ideas bold and innovative? – Is the motivation for this work conceptually well grounded? – Are there compelling questions/hypotheses identified? – Are the approaches and experimental design feasible and logically linked to the central ideas? – Are the PIs well qualified and experienced enough with the approaches to be able to conduct the research? – Is there a convincing and significant effort made towards broader impacts? Additional programmatic considerations for portfolio balance – Existing awards in the program – Diversity with regard to career level, under-represented groups, geographic location and institution type

18 Not Invite Invite Risk - Boldness Risk - Feasibility Incremental - Innovative – Compelling - Iconoclastic Straight-forward- Solid- Technical quibbles – Design flaws – Not feasible Proposal merit review - 2 axes of risk

19 Proposal merit review – transformative potential Funding Priority Cumulative knowledge

20 QUESTIONS ? This Webinar will be posted as presented for later reference - Link to Solicitation - NSF 11-573 Link to FAQ – NSF 11-079 Email questions to any DEB Program Officer : see DEB website for addresses: Concerns can also be directed to: DEB Division Director (acting)– Penny Firth Assistant Director for Biological Sciences – John Wingfield

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