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Directorate for Biological Sciences

International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups  (ICBG)

Scientific/Research Contact at NSF

NSF related questions may be addressed to

Matthew Kane, Ph.D.
Program Director,
Division of Environmental Biology
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd., (Rm 635)
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: 703-292-7186              


See program guidelines for contact information.


This program is managed by our partner agency. Please see the Synopsis below for instructions on how to apply for funding.

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.




The National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy (hereafter "the Government" or "the Participating Agencies") invite applications for the establishment or continuation of "International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups" to address the interdependence of biodiversity exploration for potential applications in health and energy, with investments in research capacity that support sustainable use of these resources, the knowledge to conserve them and equitable partnership frameworks among research and development organizations in the U.S. and low and middle income countries.

This competition of the International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG) program, continues several new emphases that began with the previous RFA (TW-08-003), including an emphasis on microbial and marine organisms, some changes in target health areas, greater involvement of funded consortia with government contract resources, greater use of molecular and genomic tools, and the opportunity to integrate energy- related discovery research into projects.

Research and training focused on plant biodiversity continues to be of interest, especially that which may inform us regarding composition, safety and efficacy of botanicals that may be used or marketed as dietary supplements, or novel scientific analyses of plants used traditionally as medicines. Information on the history of the ICBG program and previous competitions may be found at the following URL: and .

See  for a complete description of the activity as well as Application and Submission Information .

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program