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Behavioral Systems Cluster

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 Behavioral Systems thematic area focuses on the development, function, mechanisms, and evolution of behavior, biological rhythms, and interactions between organisms including animals, plants, and microbes. This area supports research on social and reproductive behavior; behavioral ecology and physiology; neural and hormonal mechanisms of behavior; immunology of behavior; animal cognition and communication. Behavioral Systems encompasses physiological responses, chemical communication, and reproductive consequences of plant interactions with other organisms. Proposals that use functional genomics to understand physiological and behavioral adaptations to environmental stimuli and stress are encouraged.

Program Directors:

Diane Witt. Behavioral Neuroscience and Neuroendocrinology, neural mechanisms underlying behavior and neuroendocrine regulation of brain-behavior relationships, including reproductive/social behavior, learning and memory, and biological rhythms in animals

Michael Beecher. Ontogeny, phylogeny, causation, and function of behavior

John Byers. Ontogeny, phylogeny, causation, and function of behavior

Michael Mishkind. Plant-Biotic Interactions, molecular and physiological responses to pathogens and non-pathogenic organisms

Program contacts

Diane M. Witt
Program Director
dwitt@nsf.gov (703) 292-8423
Michael Beecher
mbeecher@nsf.gov (703) 292-8423
John Byers
jbyers@nsf.gov (703) 292-8423
Michael Mishkind
mmishkin@nsf.gov (703) 292-8413

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