Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) program at NSF

Hello all,

I receivedan e-mail today from William Hoese, a program officer from NSF.  He is encouraging FUN members to consider applying to the Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) program at NSF.  This is a "new NSF solicitation for the RCN-UBE program (NSF 18-510) with scientists and faculty engaged in undergraduate education in your community."  He indicated, "Scientific societies and associations provide excellent opportunities to link cutting-edge science with undergraduate biology learning and education in innovative ways."

More information on the program Bill Hoese:

RCN-UBE (NSF 18-510) is designed to enhance undergraduate biology education using networks of faculty and professionals to communicate and coordinate their research, training, and educational activities. The theme of RCN-UBE proposals can be on any topic likely to enhance undergraduate biology education. RCN-UBE provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, to address interdisciplinary topics, to explore innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies, to explore collaborative technologies, and to develop community standards. RCN-UBE awards do not support existing networks or the activities of established collaborations. RCN awards do not support primary research. Please see the attached flyer or the program solicitation ( for additional information. An informational webinar will be held 30 November 2017, Noon (EST), email to sign up or for additional information.


The RCN-UBE proposal deadline is 30 January 2018.


Bill Hoese will be attending some of the Society for Neuroscience meeting this coming week. If members of FUN have questions or potential topics that they would like to discuss with him, he would be happy to meet with them at the conference.



Leah Chase

President, FUN