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Division of Environmental Biology

Simon Malcomber, (703) 292-8227

George W. Gilchrist, (703) 292-7138

Matthew D. Kane, (703) 292-7186

Douglas Levey, (703) 292-5196

Garth Spellman, (703) 292-8610

Kelly Zamudio, (703) 292-2992

Arcady Mushegian, (703) 292-8528

Reed S. Beaman, (703) 292-7163

Michael Sieracki, (703) 292-7585

Contacts for US-São Paulo Collaborative Research Projects

Dr. Simon Malcomber, NSF BIO/DEB, telephone: (703) 292-8227, email:

Dr. Regina Costa de Oliveira, FAPESP, email:


Contacts for US-China Collaborative Research Projects

Dr. Simon Malcomber, NSF BIO/DEB, telephone: (703) 292-8227, email:

Ms. Xiuping Liu, NSFC, email:

Solicitation 15-533

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

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. 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.

This campaign promotes novel integrative 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 focuses on the intersection of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals must integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them. While this focus complements several core programs in BIO and GEO, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in novel ways, to understand their synergistic roles in critical ecological and evolutionary processes.

The Dimensions of Biodiversity program again includes partnerships with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil in fiscal year 2015.

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 of Biodiversity Workforce REU-Broadening Participation Supplements
Dimensions of Biodiversity 2010-2013 Project Abstracts and Updates

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)



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