Directorate for Biological Sciences
Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems is instituting an annual cycle of preliminary and full proposals. Preliminary proposals will be accepted in January and a binding decision will be made to invite/not invite full proposals for submission in August. Full proposals received that were not invited will be returned without review (except as noted under Additional Funding Opportunities). A limit on the number of submissions of preliminary proposals accepted from each proposer each cycle is also described in this solicitation. After July 13, 2011, the Division will no longer accept full proposals without invitation to its core programs, except in the case of  proposals submitted in response to the CAREER, Research Coordination Network, Plant Genome Research Program, Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development, or Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant solicitations; or  special proposals that are described in the Grant Proposal Guide, i.e. Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID), EArly Concept Grants for Exploratory research (EAGER), conference and workshop proposals, and requests for supplemental funding.
The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. PIs are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. ;Areas of inquiry can include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior.
In the context of greater accessibility to ever-expanding and increasingly detailed biological information, IOS supports research aimed at understanding the fundamental nature of life by studying the emergent properties of organisms. Some of these properties include, but are not restricted to: how interwoven organismal components or processes comprise more than a sum of their parts (complexity), the degree to which an organism resists perturbation or stressful influences and its ability to recover (robustness, resilience); the processes that enable individual components within a system to instruct one another (cell signaling and communication); how organisms alter one another’s behavior ;(organismal communication); organismal resilience (resistance to perturbation or stress), the capacity of organisms to change in response to perturbations (phenology) in ways that maintain overall organismal integrity (adaptability), and behaviors of cells or organisms that benefit more than the individual (cooperation). These emergent properties can be understood through investigations of the evolution, development, behavior, regulatory processes, and structural properties of all organisms. Therefore comparative studies and the use of a wide variety of organisms as models are encouraged.
Understanding these emergent systems properties of organisms requires integrative, interdisciplinary approaches. The Division encourages proposals that include analyses across multiple levels of biological organization, from molecular through ecological, and through theoretical as well as advanced computational approaches. Interdisciplinary collaborations involving scientists from all areas of biology, behavioral science, physical science, mathematics, engineering, and computer science and encouraged.
Areas of Interest
Proposals are welcomed in all areas of science supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. For an overview of scientific areas supported by IOS, see http://nsf.gov/bio/ios/about.jsp. Please consult the IOS web page (http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=IOS) for information about Program Directors associated with each programmatic area.
Plant, Fungal and Microbial Developmental Systems
Animal Developmental Systems
Evolution of Developmental Systems
PHYSIOLOGICAL AND STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS
Symbiosis, Defense and Self-recognition
Processes, Structures and Integrity
Additional Funding Opportunities
The core programs will accept Research in Undergraduate Institution (RUI) proposals. RUI submissions must include a preliminary proposal and be received by the deadlines listed in this IOS solicitation. Information on the scope of RUI projects and the format of these proposals can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5518&org=NSF.
The core programs will accept Research Coordination Network (RCN) Proposals. Such proposals should be submitted at the full proposal deadline. Information on the scope of RCN projects and the format of these proposals can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11691&0rg=BIO&from=home.
The guidelines in this solicitation do not apply to proposals submitted through other solicitations, such as CAREER. Proposals requesting support for efforts to increase the participation of individuals from underrepresented groups may be submitted through GPG as full proposals at any time.
This solicitation does not apply to conference and workshop proposals, requests for supplemental funding, and RAPID or EAGER applications, all of which should be submitted, following the standard guidelines, by selecting “In response to GPG” on the proposal coversheet and then selecting the appropriate cluster.
Preliminary Proposal Due Dates (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):
January 12, 2012
January 12, Annually Thereafter
Full Proposal Deadlines (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):
August 02, 2012
August 2, Annually Thereafter
By Invitation Only
Full proposals will be accepted only from PIs who have submitted preliminary proposals in the current review cycle and have been invited to submit a full proposal except as noted under Additional Funding Opportunities.
The full proposal should not deviate substantially from the preliminary proposal in the scope of the project or the list of personnel without prior written approval of the relevant Program Director.
General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:
Behavioral Systems Cluster, Program Directors, 685N,
telephone: (703) 292-8423, email: IOSBSC@nsf.gov
Developmental Systems Cluster, Program Directors, 685N,
telephone: (703) 292-8417, email: IOSDSC@nsf.gov
Neural Systems Cluster, Program Directors, 685N,
telephone: (703) 292-8421, email: IOSNSC@nsf.gov
Phys. & Struct. Systems ; Cluster, Program Directors, 685N,
telephone: (703) 292-8413, email: IOSPSS@nsf.gov
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Mauro Calcagno, an associate professor in musicology in Stony Brook’s Department of Music, has been awarded a three-year grant of $125,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as the Principal Investigator for the project “Online Edition of the Secular Music of Luca Marenzio” (see www.marenzio.org). The project is the only one awarded to a Stony Brook faculty member from a pool of 249 projects funded with $40 million announced on July 27, 2011, by the NEH.
The goal of the project, which Calcagno started in 2004, is to make available, for the first time, a complete critical edition of the secular music of composer Luca Marenzio (ca. 1553-1599).
Marenzio was a central figure of the late Renaissance whose output had a substantial impact on early modern European culture, especially in England. He was the first composer whose secular works were published in a set of Complete Works during his lifetime. By integrating musical philology with digital technology in unprecedented ways, the online edition funded by the NEH will introduce a new model for both producing and disseminating editions of music repertoires of the Western tradition through collaborative work.
A substantial contribution to the project has been provided, and will continue to be offered, by the Stony Brook Music Library, directed by Gisele Schierhorst. Funding has also been provided by the FAHSS initiative (Faculty in the Arts, Humanities and lettered Social Sciences). The project will be supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and by the Office of the Provost. Columbia University will also make available numerous resources, for example its portal for Digital Collections.