Science Foundation (NSF), Directorate
for Biological Sciences has released a program solicitation
Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ABDC). The program aims to increase and enhance national
digital sources of biological and paleontological data collections.
"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.”
For additional information, please see the program solicitation.
awards made through this program.
- Expected Number of Awards: 4-12
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $10,000,000
proposals due: October 19, 2012