Dimensions of Biodiversity
Despite centuries of discovery, most of our planet's biodiversity remains unknown. The scale of the unknown diversity on Earth is especially troubling given the rapid and permanent loss of biodiversity across the globe. With this loss, humanity is losing links in the web of life that provide ecosystem services, forfeiting an understanding of the history and future of the living world, and losing opportunities for future beneficial discoveries in the domains of food, fiber, fuel, pharmaceuticals, and bio-inspired innovation.
The goal of the Dimensions of Biodiversity campaign is to transform, by 2020, how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth. The campaign promotes novel, integrated approaches to identify and understand the evolutionary and ecological significance of biodiversity amidst the changing environment of the present day and in the geologic past.
This campaign seeks to characterize biodiversity on Earth by using integrative, innovative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and currently focuses on the integration of genetic, taxonomic/phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals should integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them. While this focus complements several core NSF programs, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in innovative or novel ways, to understand their synergistic roles in critical ecological and evolutionary processes.
Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2013 again includes a partnership with NASA. The partnership will support the use of satellite remote sensing as a tool to address research questions that integrate the genetic, taxonomic/phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. The partnerships with NSF-China and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil will also continue in FY2013, however they will include only collaborative research proposals because the IRCN option with NSF-China has been dropped.
Investigators wishing to inquire about the suitability of potential projects for Dimensions of Biodiversity are encouraged to email a brief summary and contact information to Dimensions@nsf.gov.
Dimensions of Biodiversity Workforce REU-Broadening Participation Supplements
Dimensions of Biodiversity 2010-2012 Projects
THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF
Additional Funding Opportunities for the DBI Community
Additional Funding Opportunities for the DEB Community
EF Active Solicitations
Opportunities that Highlight International Collaboration
Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability NSF-Wide Investment
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program