Funding

NSF Program Announcement: GoLife solicitation goes live

A new NSF Division of Environmental Biology Program Solicitation titled, Genealogy of Life (GoLife), has been posted http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5129 with a deadline for proposals of March 26, 2014.

GoLife has two primary research objectives, resolving life’s phylogenetic history and integrating the genealogy of life with additional organismal biodiversity datasets. This solicitation builds upon the former Assembling the Tree of Life program, with new emphases on a complete and universal genealogy of all life’s lineages, broad training in phylogenetic comparative biology, and community development of open and expandable frameworks for data sharing.

NSF Division of Integrative Organismal Systems core programs solicitation

The National Science Foundation’s Division of Integrative Organismal Systems has issued an updated solicitation for the core programs (NSF 13-506) along with a revised set of IOS Frequently Asked Questions (NSF 13-09) which are now available on the IOS home page at: http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=IOS

The core programs covered under this solicitation in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) support 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, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.

Call for SSB symposia at Evolution 2013

SSB invites proposals for symposia to be held Evolution 2013 in Snowbird, UT.

The society will sponsor two symposia, each consisting of 4-6 talks to occur over two sessions (i.e., during the morning or afternoon). Organizers of proposals should include a short description of the organizing theme of the proposed symposium, a list of speakers with affiliations, and contact information for the organizers. Funds are available for travel costs for speakers.

Members who are interested in submitting a proposal are encouraged to contact Bryan Carstens (bryan.c.carstens@gmail.com) prior to submission. To submit a proposal, please send a pdf of your proposal to Bryan by October 1st, 2012.

Sabbatical scholars, working groups and catalysis meetings @NESCent


Proposals for Sabbaticals, Working Groups and Catalysis Meetings are now being accepted at The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). We are looking to support innovative approaches to outstanding problems in evolutionary science. In particular, proposals that have a clear interdisciplinary focus, or involve evolutionary concepts in non-traditional disciplines, are strongly encouraged, as are proposals that demonstrate international participation and a mix of senior and emerging researchers, including graduate students. Proposals are accepted twice a year, with deadlines on July 10 and December 1. Proposals for Sabbaticals may be for up to a full year. We also accept proposals for short-term visits (2 weeks to 3 months; deadlines on January 1, April 1, July 1 and September 1). For more information, please see our website at https://www.nescent.org/science/proposals.php.

Assembling, Visualizing, and Analyzing the Tree of Life (AVAToL)

The US NSF has announced Assembling, Visualizing and Analyzing the Tree of Life (AVAToL) with a preliminary proposal deadline of May 10, 2011. From the NSF web site:

The Assembling, Visualizing and Analyzing the Tree of Life (AVAToL) activity supports novel and transformative approaches to the development of an integrated and robust tree of life, as well as visualization and analysis on a dynamic tree of life. This will take place through the Ideas Lab project development and review process. The goal of this activity is to identify opportunities for investment to significantly advance the state-of-the-art in tree construction, visualization, and analysis across the tree of life. Participants selected through an open application process will engage in an intensive five-day residential workshop to generate project ideas through an innovative, real-time review process. New multidisciplinary teams will form during this workshop to engage in creative problem solving directed at outstanding problems concerning the tree of life. Multidisciplinary integrative approaches calling for communication and interaction among diverse scientists are key to the success of the approach. For example, in addition to those working in systematics and phylogenetics, AVAToL might benefit from mathematicians and computer scientists to contribute algorithms and models, bioinformaticians or genomicists to contribute data pipelines and novel molecular characters, or statisticians and artists with an interest in novel methods of visualization and interactive use of the tree of life. Therefore, members of the systematics research community, bioinformaticians, genomicists, morphologists, paleontologists, computer scientists, statisticians, mathematicians, educators involved in training the next generation of researchers, and representatives of any other disciplines that might contribute important ideas are all strongly encouraged to apply.

Sabbatical Scholars And Collaborative Working Groups @nescent

Proposals for Sabbaticals and for collaborative working groups (Working Groups and Catalysis Meetings) are now being accepted at The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). We are looking to support innovative approaches to outstanding problems in evolutionary biology. In particular, proposals that have a clear interdisciplinary focus, or involve evolutionary concepts in non-traditional disciplines, are strongly encouraged, as are proposals that demonstrate international participation and a mix of senior and emerging researchers, including graduate students.

NSF announces Dimensions of Biodiversity Program with $US 20M budget

The NSF has announced Dimensions of Biodiversity:

The Dimensions of Biodiversity initiative seeks to characterize biodiversity on Earth by using integrative, innovative approaches to fill rapidly the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. This campaign will take a broad view of biodiversity, and in its initial phase will focus on the integration of genetic, taxonomic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals should integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them. While this focus complements several core NSF programs, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in innovative or novel ways, to understand the roles of biodiversity in critical ecological and evolutionary processes.
The program has an anticipated budget of $US 20 million, with individual projects being limited to $US 3M. More details are available on the program website.

Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization (IBIV)

The NSF is calling for proposals for Innovations in Biological Imaging and Visualization (IBIV), with a deadline of April 12, 2010.

The goal of IBIV is "to identify opportunities for investment to advance the state-of-the-art in biological image analysis, data visualization, archiving, and dissemination. Participants selected through an open application process will engage in an intensive five-day residential workshop to generate project ideas through an innovative, real-time review process. Members of the biological research community, computational theorists and engineers, mathematicians, imaging specialists from other fields, educators involved in training the next generation of researchers, and a range of other specialists (artists, illustrators, etc.) are all strongly encouraged to participate."

More details are available from the NSF web site.

Systematics and taxonomy research scheme launch event

The UK Research Councils announced the launch of a new funding scheme for research in systematics and taxonomy. The Systematics and Taxonomy (SynTax) scheme is designed to provide short-term funding for preliminary research that will form the basis of novel responsive mode proposals with a substantial systematics/taxonomy component. The scheme aims to stimulate high quality taxonomy and systematics-related research proposals to the UKâ??s Research Councils.

SynTax will be launched 12 November 2009, 6pm, at the Linnean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BF.

SSB awards deadline reminder!

Click "read more" for details, or just use our awards link. Most deadlines are March 31st.

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