OSP FO# 12-033
AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)/Division of Emerging Frontiers (EF)/Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)/ Division of Earth Sciences (EAR)
OBJECTIVES: 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.
This solicitation focuses on proposals for Thematic Collections Networks (TCN) and proposals for Partners to Existing Networks (PEN) to link with existing TCNs.
Please see the link to the program announcement below for further details.
ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Institutions may submit only one proposal as the lead organization for either the TCN or the PEN. Organizations may be involved in more than one collaborative effort as a non-lead proposal.
An individual may appear as PI or co-PI on no more than one ADBC proposal submitted to any annual ADBC competition.
BU Internal Deadline: September 3, 2012
Application Deadline: October 19, 2012
FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF intends to commit $10 million to fund approximately 4-12 standard or continuing grants, pending availability of funds.
Anne M. Maglia, Program Director
Division of Biological Infrastructure
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 615 N
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8470
Fax: (703) 292-9063
INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen potential proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a preliminary proposal should provide the following proposal information to their Associate Dean by Monday, September 3, 2012 for internal review purposes:
1. Project description (maximum length 5 pages) should include items a–d:
a) briefly describe the project vision, goals, and work to be undertaken;
b) identify partner institutions and describe how each partner will contribute to the proposed work;
c) describe how all biological collections will be integrated;
d) address the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed activity (the NSF Merit Review criteria).
2. Budget and budget justification and matriculation plan (2 pages).
3. Biographical sketches: include 2-page NSF format biographical sketch for PI and Co-PIs.
Following the Dean’s assessment of the internal application, it will be forwarded to OSP Executive Director Joan Kirkendall for review and then to the Office of the VP for Research for final selection. PIs will be informed if their proposal is selected for submission in time to complete and process their proposal for final review.
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. B. Effgen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or India Adams (email@example.com) 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 Research Administrator 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 11-567 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the website 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the OSP website at http://www.bu.edu/osp.