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Long-Term Ecological Research  (LTER)


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
William  . Ambrose wambrose@nsf.gov (703) 292-8029   
David  L. Garrison dgarriso@nsf.gov (703) 292-7588   
Louis  A. Kaplan lkaplan@nsf.gov (703) 292-7187   
Douglas  Levey dlevey@nsf.gov (703) 292-5196   
Peter  H. McCartney pmccartn@nsf.gov (703) 292-8470   
John  Schade jschade@nsf.gov (703) 292-7139   

PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  15-596

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

SYNOPSIS

NSF currently supports 25 LTER sites, and the solicitation is open to renewal proposals only.

To address ecological questions that cannot be resolved with short-term observations or experiments, NSF established the Long Term Ecological Research Program (LTER) in 1980. Two components differentiate LTER research from projects supported by other NSF programs: 1) the research is located at specific sites chosen to represent major ecosystem types or natural biomes, and 2) it emphasizes the study of ecological phenomena over long periods of time based on data collected in five core areas. Long-term studies are essential to achieve an integrated understanding of how populations, communities, and other components of ecosystems interact as well as to test ecological theory. Ongoing research at LTER sites must test ecological theories and significantly advance understanding of the long-term dynamics of populations, communities and ecosystems. It often integrates multiple disciplines and, through cross-site interactions, examines patterns or processes over broad spatial scales. Recognizing that the value of long-term data extends beyond use at any individual site, NSF requires that data collected by all LTER sites be made broadly accessible.

THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF Additional Funding Opportunities for the DEB Community

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

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