July 29, 2011
National Science Foundation
Directorate for Biological Sciences
There have been clarifications and updates to the 2008 solicitation as follows:
1. Proposal submission date designation has been changed from 'target' to 'deadline'. Proposals received after the posted date will be returned without review.
2. The program will accept two types of proposals:
(A) Innovation proposals for the development of novel instrumentation that provides new research capabilities, or that significantly (e.g., by at least an order of magnitude, where appropriate) improves current technologies by at least an order of magnitude in fundamental aspects (such as accuracy, precision, resolution, throughput, flexibility, portability, breadth of application, cost of construction, operation costs, or user-friendliness);
(B) Bridging proposals for transforming, ‘one of a kind' prototypes or high-end instruments into devices that are broadly available and utilizable without loss of capacity.