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Integrative Research in Biology (IntBIO)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 21-622 for the latest version.

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.


This solicitation invites submission of collaborative proposals that tackle bold questions in biology and require an integrated approach to make substantive progress. Integrative biological research spans subdisciplines and incorporates cutting-edge methods, tools, and concepts from each to produce groundbreaking biological discovery. The research should be synergistic and produce novel, holistic understanding of how biological systems function and interact across different scales of organization, e.g., from molecules to cells, tissues to organisms, species to ecosystems and the entire Earth. Such knowledge is critical to inform solutions to societal challenges, including natural resource management, resilience to environmental change, and global food security. Outcomes from integrative research will also inform and guide the development of new technologies that drive the nation’s bioeconomy.

Integrative biological research depends on researchers who work in dynamic, diverse, and collaborative interdisciplinary teams. These teams should be fully engaged in the training and education of the next generation of scientists who will be future leaders in integrative research. A vibrant, inclusive, and integrative training environment will therefore produce a new generation of researchers who can navigate across subdisciplines and engage in integrative thinking.

Program contacts

Karen C. Cone
Program Director, BIO/MCB
kccone@nsf.gov (703) 292-4967 BIO/OAD
Elizabeth R. Blood
Program Director, BIO/DEB
eblood@nsf.gov (703) 292-4349 BIO/DEB
Matthew Herron
mherron@nsf.gov (703) 292-5361 BIO/DBI
Daniel R. Marenda
dmarenda@nsf.gov (703) 292-2157 BIO/DBI
David Rockcliffe
Program Director, BIO/MCB
drockcli@nsf.gov (703) 292-7123 BIO/MCB
Joanna Shisler
Program Director, BIO/IOS
jshisler@nsf.gov (703) 292-5368 BIO/IOS
Anne W. Sylvester
Program Director, BIO/IOS
asylvest@nsf.gov (703) 292-7168 BIO/IOS

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