ADBC Program Background and History

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 11:58am -- djennings

An estimated 1.8 million named species of organisms exist on Earth today and many more are now extinct. This rich diversity is documented through research collections of fossil and extant organisms housed in natural history museums, universities, field facilities, botanical gardens, state surveys, and other institutions maintaining collection facilities.

NSF Awards Fifth Round of ADBC Grants to Enhance America's Biodiversity Collections

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 9:57am -- maphillips


Alex Kuhn (of the University of Illinois) instructs Patty Kaishian (of Syracuse University) on how to enter label data from microfungi specimens. Their work is part of the Microfungi Collections Consortium, funded through the ADBC program. Credit: Andrew N. Miller, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois


TCN Collaborator Featured by The Times and Democrat

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:07am -- maphillips


Dixie Damrel, Clemson University Herbarium curator, displays some of the 100,000-plus dried plant specimens in the collection. Image Credit: P. Kent/Clemson University.

The Times and Democrat released an article Sunday (October 26, 2014), that highlights the Clemson University Herbarium’s involvement in an NSF funded, four year project to digitize herbarium specimens.

NSF's BIO Postdoctoral Program Has New Collections Research Area

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:39am -- maphillips

NSF’s Directorate for Biological Sciences’ (BIO) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) Solicitation was recently published for 2015. The fellowships will be awarded to 40 recent recipients of their doctoral degree for research and training in three selected areas.

The three selected areas for fiscal year 2015 are:

Appalachian State University’s Webpage Highlights New Digitization Project

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:06am -- maphillips

Zack E. Murrell, a professor at Appalachian State University, was given recognition in an article released by Appalachian State University, University News for receiving an NSF grant for $2.5 million dollars to digitize and create a database for more than 3 million plant specimens across the Southeast.

Gearing Up for the Beyond the Box Digitization Competition

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:45am -- maphillips


"The Beyond the Box Digitization Competition will award $1 million to the person or team who creates a technology that increases the speed and accuracy of digitization of a drawer of insect specimens and their associated data. The competition is a joint project of the U.S. National Science Foundation and the American Institute of Biological Sciences."

NSF announces Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Solicitation

Tue, 04/16/2013 - 3:09pm -- kevinlove


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, accurate, and efficient accessibility of the collection to the biological research community; and 3) to transfer collection ownership responsibilities.

NSC Alliance Asks Congress to Support Proposed FY 2013 NSF Budget

Tue, 03/20/2012 - 8:23am -- kevinlove

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).

The testimony highlighted the contributions of NSF’s Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) to science, education, and research infrastructure.

NSF ADBC Program Information

Wed, 10/05/2011 - 4:53pm -- kevinlove

The National Science Foundation's Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) 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.

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