On October 5, James Olds, PhD, Assistant Director of the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), issued a “Dear Colleague” letter notifying researchers of plans to implement a “no-deadline” format for receiving and reviewing proposals.
The new format will be implemented in all four BIO divisions beginning with proposals submitted for funding in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. By removing application deadlines, BIO hopes to make the proposal submission process more convenient for investigators’ schedules and allow research ideas to be better developed.
To facilitate the transition to the “no-deadline” format, the Division of Environmental Biology and the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems will suspend their use of the preliminary proposal submission process, effective January 2018. Proposals submitted for FY 2018 funding opportunities will be reviewed and awarded using existing processes. New funding opportunity announcements without deadlines will be issued for FY 2019 funding by mid-2018.
Additional clarifications regarding the policy change and its implementation can be found in the associated FAQs.