Press Releases

Published: 04-16-2013
  The National Science Foundation has recently published its Collections in Support of Biological Research(CSBR) Solicitation. The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds: 1) for improvements to secure, improve, and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community; 2) to secure collections-related data for sustained,...
Published: 06-12-2012
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the availability of funding to enhance and expand digitization of and access to existing biological and paleontological collections in the United States. The Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections is seeking full proposals for its third round of funding. Proposals will be accepted for new research themes (Thematic Collections...
Published: 05-02-2012
  May 1, 2012 Centuries of exploration and discovery have documented the diversity of life on Earth. Records of that biodiversity are, for the most part, distributed widely across varied and distinct natural history collections. Until now, that has made assessing the information in these collections a difficult task. Last year, the National Science Foundation (NSF), through its...
Published: 03-20-2012
  On 19 March, NSC Alliance submitted testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. The testimony was in support of funding the National Science Foundation (NSF) at $7.373 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2013. This funding level would represent a 4.8 percent increase for the agency over the FY 2012 enacted budget. The testimony...
Published: 12-07-2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Six months after receiving $10 million from the National Science Foundation to organize digitization of the nation’s biological collections, University of Florida researchers welcomed participants to Gainesville this week for the project’s kick-off symposium. Researchers from 31 institutions, project collaborators and five program officers from NSF are...
Published: 10-07-2011
July 8, 2011 Centuries of discovery document the diversity of life on Earth. Records of that biodiversity are, for the most part, in varied and distinct natural history collections, making assessing the information a difficult task. Now, the National Science Foundation (NSF), through its Advancing Digitization of BiodiversityCollections program, is responding to the need for greater...
Published: 10-07-2011
The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $10 million grant to Florida State University and the University of Florida to coordinate 92 institutions in 45 states working to digitize the nation's biological collections. FSU's Center for Information Management and Scientific Communication, in the College of Communication & Information, will work with UF's Florida...
Published: 10-07-2011
The accelerated loss of biodiversity, the "Biodiversity Crisis", is one of the leading environmental and social issues of the 21st century. Although natural biological diversity is fundamentally important to a healthy and sustainable planet, responses to the crisis have suffered from incomplete information and inadequate policies for sustainable use of natural resources. Information relevant to...
Published: 10-07-2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The National Science Foundation announced today its award of a $10 million grant to the University of Florida and Florida State University to coordinate 92 institutions in 45 states working to digitize the nation’s biological collections. Available to anyone online, the natural history data and its increased accessibility will help researchers identify gaps in...

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