University of Southern California


NSF 15-576 Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)

Slots:                                                     One                      
LOI:                                                        NA                         
Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research
External Deadline:                          October 9, 2015
Award Information:                        Type:  Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 4 to 12
Anticipated Amount: $10,000,000
Total amount available across all awards in this program for FY2016, pending availability of funds.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission under Grant through the Office of Research Application Portal:

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Purpose: This program seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States. 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.

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