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Biological Oceanography (BioOce)

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.

Supports research in biological oceanography and marine ecology in environments ranging from estuarine and coastal systems to the deep sea and the Great Lakes.


The Biological Oceanography Program supports fundamental research in biological oceanography and marine ecology in environments ranging from estuarine, coastal, and open ocean systems to the deep sea, as well as in the Great Lakes. Proposals submitted to the Program must have a compelling context in population, community, or ecosystem ecology or oceanography, as well as address topics that will contribute significantly to the understanding of marine or Great Lakes ecosystems. The Program supports interdisciplinary research and often co-reviews and co-funds projects with various programs in the Division of Ocean Sciences and the Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO), among others. Details on research topics funded by the Program, including supplements, RAPIDS, and EAGERS, can be found by selecting the link under Related URLS titled: “Additional Program Information.” To view research projects funded by the Program select the link below titled “What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts).”

Program contacts

Jayne Gardiner
jgardine@nsf.gov (703) 292-4828 GEO/OCE
Ricardo M. Letelier
rletelie@nsf.gov (703) 292-7356 GEO/OCE
Cynthia L. Suchman
csuchman@nsf.gov (703) 292-2092 GEO/OCE
Daniel J. Thornhill
DTHORNHI@nsf.gov (703) 292-8143 GEO/OCE

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