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Division of Environmental Biology

Matthew D. Kane, (703) 292-7186

Douglas Levey, (703) 292-5196

Simon Malcomber, (703) 292-8227

Leslie J. Rissler, (703) 292-4628

Michael J. Vanni, (703) 292-2299

Irwin Forseth, (703) 292-8413

Contacts for US-São Paulo Collaborative Research Projects

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

Dr. Bruna Musa, 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 17-523

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.

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 between and among them. While this focus complements several core programs in BIO, 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, especially pertaining to the mechanisms driving the origin, maintenance, and functional roles of biodiversity.

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 2017.

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 2010-2014 Project Abstracts and Updates

Additional Funding Opportunities for the DBI Community
Additional Funding Opportunities for the DEB Community
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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