Funding Resources

NSF Biological Sciences (BIO) Active Funding Opportunities

See all the latest NSF funding opportunities related to biological sciences as they are released.  You can also subscribe to the RSS Feeds to receive the latest funding updates by email.

Climate Funding Opportunities

The “Climate Funding Opportunities as of Jan 2015” document contains national, regional, and international funding opportunities.  The opportunities provided are a snapshot of what is currently available (as of January 16, 2015). Future grant opportunities are contingent upon funding appropriations.

Each program includes the name, summary, email, eligibility and deadline.

Prepared for NOAA by Brent Schleck, Minnesota Sea Grant, bschleckatd [dot] umn [dot] edu

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Prepare for the 2016 NSF GRFP Solicitation with resources the GRFP homepage and NSF website.

NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) 

NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) provides non-dilutive funds for early-stage R&D at small businesses and startups, particularly in hard sciences and engineering technologies with high technical risk and potential for significant commercial or societal impact.

NSF SBIR/STTR provides grants in phases: a short proof-of-concept / feasibility grant ($150-225k) can potentially be followed by a longer development grant ($750k).

Program Directors (PDs) for NSF SBIR/STTR have technical and commercial expertise; they help hundreds of small businesses and startups every year. Through the PDs and outside experts, NSF can provide mentoring and elements of entrepreneurial education.

For more information about this program, visit the NSF SBIR/STTR homepage and Youtube channel.

Student Resources

Undergraduate Research in Consumer Networking Technologies

The REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Site is in the area of Consumer Networking Technologies and will investigate some important issues related to software-defined networking, social media computing, social health networking for eldercare, body-area sensing and emotion recognition, and network performance optimization. The REU Site is supported by NSF, MU Office of Research, MU Office of Undergraduate Research, the College of Engineering, and the Department of Computer Science.

In this REU Site, students will participate and develop new skills in ongoing funded research projects of the faculty mentors by investigating, implementing, and testing viable solutions to technical challenges in consumer networking technologies. This research activity will allow the students to obtain a better understanding of the technical issues, performance, and trade-offs in consumer networking. Exposing the students to collaborative research environments, fostering their enthusiasm for science and engineering, and developing skills needed for pursuing advanced degrees in research is a goal of this program.

The REU site will support typically 10 undergraduate students every summer. The participants will engage in a 10-week summer school at the University of Missouri (MU). The participants will take a 1-week short course, one to two lectures per week in the remaining weeks, work with other undergraduate and graduate students and a faculty mentor to carry out a research project, present their progress weekly throughout the summer, and write project reports and give final presentations. In addition, the undergraduate participants will present their work at their home institutions during the following semester.

The Program runs from May 25 through July 31 in 2015. The undergraduate participants will get a stipend of $5,000, room (if needed) and meal allowance, plus support for travel to/from the Site, and potentially travel support to present their work at a conference.

For more information, visit the REU Site website.

Missouri Geographic Alliance (MGA)

The Missouri Geographic Alliance (MGA) is a grassroots network of Missouri elementary and secondary educators, university instructors, geography professionals, and concerned citizens dedicated to the advancement of geographic literacy in the state of Missouri.

MGA serves five primary purposes in the state of Missouri. The Alliance is to enhance geographic education, to promote geography education and the growth of teacher education, curriculum and materials development, and public awareness of geography in Missouri, to meet the professional needs of geographic educators through various programs and activities, to develop a communications network among and for geographic educators, and to provide leadership and organization in the national network of geographic alliances. In the past two decades the Missouri Geographic Alliance has consistently been the voice of geography education in the state of Missouri. The Alliance has had a long standing history of providing resources, professional development opportunities, advocating for geographic education and geographic literacy at local, regional, state and national-levels.

For more information, visit the MGA website.

CI-WATER Education Resources

Model Earth is a set of interactive and other resources to help educators to bring water science into the classroom. Developed by the University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center for the CI-WATER and iUTAH Projects.

To see CI-Water Education modules, tools and resources, visit their Education & Outreach page.

What is CI-Water?

What is a model?

Broader Impacts

Pathways to Science

Pathways to Science is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) and supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Emphasis is placed on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources.

Perspectives on Broader Impacts

NSF has released a Broader Impacts Special Report on broader impacts criteria of NSF proposals.  In 1997, NSF decreased the merit review criteria for proposals from four to two so that each proposal is considered based on its intellectual merit and its broader impacts.  This report discusses the need for broader impacts criterion and what this criterion is according to various perspectives.