Sponsor:  National Science Foundation (NSF)

Sponsor Program Solicitation: NSF 12-565, replaces NSF 11-567
Funding Amount: 4 to 12 awards totaling $10M in FY13 [4-12 Thematic Collections Networks (TCN) and Partners to Existing Networks (PEN)]

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity



NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 08/19/2012
Sponsor Deadline: 10/19/2012

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

Only one TCN proposal may be submitted by any one organization as he lead organization. Organizations may be involved in more than one collaborative effort as a non-lead proposal. IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO SUBMIT PLEASE CALL WITTMANN ( -3836)  IMMEDIATELY AND SEND  A WHITE PAPER FOR AN INTERNAL COMPETITION TO DETERMINE WHO CAN GO FORWARD (following the procedures outlined in Northeastern University’s Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions).

Funding Areas

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 thephysical 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.