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.

Dear Colleague Letter

Unsolicited Proposals at the Interface of the Biological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Engineering (BIOMAPS)

Unsolicited research proposals, depending on their scientific focus, can be submitted to the deadlines of any relevant program in BIO, ENG, or MPS. For the Divisions and programs that require a preliminary proposal before a complete proposal can be submitted, the PIs must submit a preliminary proposal at the relevant deadlines. Investigators are encouraged to contact appropriate program directors to discuss their research topics and objectives prior to submitting a proposal. Proposals that address the interface between the biological, mathematical and physical sciences and engineering should include the label "BIOMAPS:" at the beginning of the proposal title. Such proposals may be jointly considered by appropriate program directors in BIO, ENG, and MPS. Principal investigators should consult the NSF web site for additional information about programs in the three Directorates.

Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the deadlines and proposal submission windows specified for unsolicited proposals for the respective programs.


Dr. John C. Wingfield
Assistant Director
Directorate for Biological Sciences

Dr. Thomas W. Peterson
Assistant Director
Directorate for Engineering

Dr. H. Edward Seidel
Assistant Director
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences