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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.

Supports interdisciplinary research aimed at mechanistic understanding of the structure, function and evolution of cellular and subcellular systems across the tree of life.


The Cellular Dynamics and Function (CDF) cluster supports fundamental cell biological research.  We seek proposals that use multidisciplinary approaches to provide insights into the fundamental biology of cells from animals, plants, or microbes, including cells from understudied species.  Proposals that rely heavily on descriptive approaches are given lower priority.

The cluster encourages proposals in the following areas:

  • Predictive understanding of the behavior of cells through integration of computational modeling and experimentation;
  • Evolutionary approaches to understanding the rules governing cellular functions;
  • Integration of structure and function with emerging cellular properties across broad spatiotemporal scales, including ideas that consider cellular organization from the standpoint of soft condensed matter; and
  • Development or adaption of innovative tools or technologies with potential to enable new avenues of cellular investigation.

Investigators considering submitting a proposal to the cluster are encouraged to contact CDF Program Directors to discuss project suitability before proposal submission.

Program contacts

Matthew J. Buechner
mbuechne@nsf.gov 703-292-4675 BIO/MCB
Richard J. Cyr
rcyr@nsf.gov (703) 292-8400 BIO/MCB
Loretta Jackson-Hayes
lojackso@nsf.gov (703) 292-4286 BIO/MCB

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