NSF Issues Dear Colleague Letter: LEAding cultural change through Professional Societies (LEAPS) of Biology

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) encourages professional societies to submit proposals to develop collaborative networks for facilitating cultural changes in the biological sciences to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. NSF BIO recognizes culture change in the biological sciences as an urgent priority and is committed to supporting efforts that use evidence-based practices to remove barriers for individuals historically excluded from science (based on gender, gender identity, disability status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or race). Such changes are expected to lead to a community of biologists, including those in positions of authority, that more fully reflects the demographic constitution of the U.S. population.

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) NSF 21-049 is to encourage proposals that will facilitate collaboration among biology professional societies resulting in advancements at scale that broaden participation at all levels of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce in biology. These partnerships of societies are envisioned to serve as foci for cultural change toward a more inclusive and diverse scientific community.

If you are interested  in applying for this funding opportunity, please start a routing sheet as soon as possible. As a reminder, proposals must be completed and submitted to OSRP at least 2 business days prior to this proposal deadline of May 14, 2021. If you should have any questions, please contact OSRP.