National Science Foundation

NSF: Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)

Program Summary

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.


Only one Thematic Collections Networks (TCN) proposal may be submitted by any one organization as the lead organization. Organizations may be involved in more than one collaborative effort as a non-lead proposal.

Award Information

Estimated number of awards: 4-12.  Anticipated funding amount:  approximately $10,000,000 total amount available across all awards in this program for FY2014, pending availability of funds.

Internal Selection Procedure 
The UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
  1. A two page CV
  2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, 2014. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Friday, October 17, 2014.

Proposal Due to OVPRED08/21/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF10/10/2014
Date Due to Sponsor10/17/2014
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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