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Division of Environmental Biology

David  . Mindell
dmindell@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5113

Joseph Miller
jtmiller@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7214

Simon Malcomber
smalcomb@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8227

Maureen Kearney
mkearney@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8480

Judith E. Skog
jskog@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7909

H. R. Lane
hlane@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8551

Yusheng (Christopher) Liu
yliu@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4724

Anne M. Maglia
amaglia@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8470

Kelly Zamudio
kzamudio@nsf.gov, 703-292-2994

Solicitation 14-527

Important Notice to Proposers

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, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may 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.

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  March 25, 2015

Fourth Wednesday in March, Annually Thereafter

Fourth Wednesday in March

All of comparative biology depends on knowledge of the evolutionary relationships (phylogeny) of living and extinct organisms. In addition, understanding biodiversity and how it changes over time is only possible when Earth's diversity is organized into a phylogenetic framework. The goals of the Genealogy of Life (GoLife) program are to resolve the phylogenetic history of life and to integrate this genealogical architecture with underlying organismal data.

The ultimate vision of this program is an open access, universal Genealogy of Life that will provide the comparative framework necessary for testing questions in systematics, evolutionary biology, ecology, and other fields. A further strategic integration of this genealogy of life with data layers from genomic, phenotypic, spatial, ecological and temporal data will produce a grand synthesis of biodiversity and evolutionary sciences. The resulting knowledge infrastructure will enable synthetic research on biological dynamics throughout the history of life on Earth, within current ecosystems, and for predictive modeling of the future evolution of life.

Projects submitted to this program should emphasize increased efficiency in contributing to a complete Genealogy of Life and integration of various types of organismal data with phylogenies.

This program also seeks to broadly train next generation, integrative phylogenetic biologists, creating the human resource infrastructure and workforce needed to tackle emerging research questions in comparative biology. Projects should train students for diverse careers by exposing them to the multidisciplinary areas of research within the proposal.

Systematics and Biodiversity Science
Advances in Biological Informatics
Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections

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