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Directorate for Biological Sciences

Roland P. Roberts, (703) 292-8470

Anne M. Maglia, (703) 292-8470

H. Richard Lane, 703-292-4730

Contacting the program may be most efficient through e-mail to the working group at

Solicitation 15-576

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  October 14, 2016

Second 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

Additional Funding Opportunities for the DEB Community
Research Resources Cluster

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


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