OSP FO# 11-028

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)/Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)/Office of Polar Programs (OPP)

PROGRAM: Dimensions of Biodiversity

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to transform, by 2020, how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth. The campaign promotes novel, integrated approaches to identify and understand the evolutionary and ecological significance of biodiversity amidst the changing environment of the present day and in the geologic past.

Projects must target three fundamental dimensions of biodiversity—genetic diversity, taxonomic diversity, and functional diversity. Successful proposals should address and integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions and feedbacks among them.

Topics that might be addressed by Dimensions proposals include, but are not limited to, the integrated roles of the three dimensions of biodiversity in: community or ecosystem resilience, sustainability, or productivity; maintenance of symbioses and symbionts; food web and community stability, particularly with respect to environmental thresholds and alternate stable states; feedbacks between biotic and abiotic change; community invasibility and community collapse; ecological response to anthropogenic disturbances including climate change; carbon, nitrogen, and other biogeochemical cycles; rates of evolution; and relationships between spatial scale and the three targeted dimensions.

Dimensions of Biodiversity has an interest in funding research coordination networks (RCN) if they are international in scope. NSF anticipates expanding this activity in the future to include other international partners, however for FY 2011 IRCN proposals will only be accepted if the focus is on coordination between scientists in the US and China.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An individual may appear as Principal Investigator (PI), co-PI, or other senior personnel on only one proposal. This limitation includes proposals submitted by a lead organization, any sub-award submitted as part of a proposal, or any collaborative proposal, and this includes all types of projects. If an individual is listed as PI, co-PI, or senior personnel on more than one proposal, all of those proposals will be returned without review.

DEADLINE: March 28, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing up to $15 million in FY 2011 to fund 10 awards. Research awards will be up to five years duration and up to a total of $2 million for individual or collaborative projects. This upper limit does not include costs of facilities or ship time. In FY 2011 international research coordination network projects involving US and Chinese investigators will be funded at a level of up to $600,000 over 5 years from NSF plus up to 750,000 yuan over 5 years from NSF-China.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Richard Inouye
Directorate for Biological Sciences
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 635 S
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-4974
Fax: (703) 292-9064
Email: Dimensions@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11518/nsf11518.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact A. Brink Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 11-518 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.