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Division of Environmental Biology


Long-Term Ecological Research


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Jennifer  M. Burns jmmburns@nsf.gov 703-292-2120   
Roberto  Delgado robdelga@nsf.gov 703-292-2397   
Douglas  J. Levey dlevey@nsf.gov (703) 292-5196   
Colette  M. St. Mary cstmary@nsf.gov (703) 292-4659   
John  D. Schade jschade@nsf.gov (703) 292-7139   
Daniel  J. Thornhill DTHORNHI@nsf.gov (703) 292-8143   
John  E. Yellen jyellen@nsf.gov (703) 292-8759   


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  19-594

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 25, 2019. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 19-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


DUE DATES

Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date

    December 4, 2019

Full Proposal Deadline Date

    June 15, 2020


SYNOPSIS

To address ecological questions that cannot be resolved with short-term observations or experiments, NSF established the Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LTER) in 1980. Two components differentiate LTER research from projects supported by other NSF programs: 1) the research is located at specific sites chosen to represent major ecosystem types or natural biomes, and 2) it emphasizes the study of ecological phenomena over long periods of time based on data collected in five core areas. Long-term studies are critical to achieve an integrated understanding of how components of ecosystems interact as well as to test ecological theory. Ongoing research at LTER sites contributes to the development and testing of fundamental ecological theories and significantly advances understanding of the long-term dynamics of populations, communities and ecosystems. It often integrates multiple disciplines and, through cross-site interactions may examine patterns or processes over broad spatial scales. Recognizing that the value of long-term data extends beyond use at any individual site, NSF requires that data collected by all LTER sites be made publicly accessible.

The LTER program has long recognized the importance of humans in ecological systems and is especially interested in how human activities in urban settings interact with natural processes to determine ecological outcomes. Factors that control urban ecosystems are not only environmental, but also social and economic. These factors and their interactions need to be considered to understand urban ecosystems over long time frames and broad spatial scales.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program