Directorate for Biological Sciences
Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections
Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 17, 2014
Third Friday in October
Third Friday in October, Annually Thereafter
This program seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States. The information associated with various collections of organisms, such as geographic, paleogeographic and stratigraphic distribution, environmental habitat data, phenology, information about associated organisms, collector field notes, and tissues and molecular data extracted from the specimens, is a rich resource providing the baseline from which to further biodiversity research and provide critical information about existing gaps in our knowledge of life on earth. The national resource is structured at three levels: a central coordinating organization, a series of thematic networks based on an important research theme, and the physical collections. The national resource builds upon a sizable existing national investment in curation of the physical objects in scientific collections and contributes vitally to scientific research and technology interests in the United States. It will become an invaluable tool in understanding contemporary biological issues and challenges.
Dimensions of Biodiversity
Collections in Support of Biological Research
Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology
iDigBio - The National Resource for Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections
Press Release: FY2013 Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections Awards
Press Release: FY2012 Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections Awards
Press Release: NSF Awards Grants to Advance Digitization of Biological Collections
A Strategic Plan for Establishing a Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance
REVISIONS AND UPDATES
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.
Please be aware that significant changes have been 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.
A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.
Please note that this program solicitation may contain supplemental proposal preparation guidance and/or guidance that deviates from the guidelines established in the Grant Proposal Guide.
THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF
Additional Funding Opportunities for the DBI Community
Additional Funding Opportunities for the DEB Community
EF Active Solicitations
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program