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Advancing Theory in Biology (ATB)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


The Biological Sciences Directorate invites submission of proposals that advance our conceptual and theoretical understanding of living systems. The Advancing Theory in Biology (ATB) solicitation supports the development of new theoretical approaches that will improve our understanding of general biological principles that account for phenomena that occur independently across levels of biological organization. Awards will not exceed a total of $750,000 over a three year period. This total includes all participants in collaborative projects.

This is the final year that a separate competition will be held for Advancing Theory in Biology. After this year, the Biological Sciences Directorate will continue to support the development of new theoretical approaches to account for phenomena at different levels of biological organization through proposals submitted to existing core programs in the Directorate. 

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Program contacts

Saran Twombly
Program Director, Division of Environmental Biology
BIOTheory@nsf.gov (703) 292-8133
Neocles B. Leontis
Program Director, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIOTheory@nsf.gov (703) 292-7113
Michelle Elekonich
Program Director, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
BIOTheory@nsf.gov (703) 292-7202 BIO/IOS

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