Origin of Life

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Origin of Life: This solicitation describes an Ideas Lab on “Origin of Life.” Ideas Labs are intensive workshops focused on finding innovative solutions to grand challenge problems. The ultimate aim of this Ideas Lab organized by the Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO) and Geosciences (GEO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Astrobiology Program at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is to facilitate the generation and execution of innovative research projects aimed at identifying and funding potentially transformative research to address grand challenge questions in the origin of life. The primary aim of this Ideas Lab is to foster the development of a theoretical framework that encompasses the “metabolism first” and “RNA first” theories for the origin of life by stimulating creative thinking and new research on the earliest events leading to life on early Earth. Understanding plausible pathways for the origin of life will contribute directly to our understanding of the indispensable properties of life on Earth and inform our search for life on other worlds.


US researchersmay submit preliminary proposals for participating in the Ideas Lab only via FastLane. Participation in the Ideas Lab is required to be eligible to submit a full proposal. Multidisciplinary ideas developed in the Ideas Lab will be submitted as full proposals to NSF or to NASA by invitation only. Collaboration among researchers is strongly encouraged in the invited full proposals.
Federal Grant Title: Origin of Life
Federal Agency Name: National Science Foundation
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 16-570
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 323668, 323647, 323669, 323667
CFDA Descriptions: Science; Geosciences; Biological Sciences
Current Application Deadline: Dec 19, 2016
Original Application Deadline: Dec 19, 2016
Posted Date: Jun 7, 2016
Creation Date: Jun 7, 2016
Archive Date: Jan 18, 2017
Total Program Funding: $8,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: none
Minimum Federal Grant Award: none
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"
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NSF Publication 16-570
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