Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) posted a new solicitation for core proposals to the Division of Environmental Biology.  The solicitation, 14-503, is available at

NSF also issued a reminder to proposers that a revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is currently in effect. Researchers should be aware that significant changes were made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation’s Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.