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University of Wisconsin–Madison

NSF Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) 2019

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological & Physical Sciences; Associate Deans for Research, School/College Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:August 01, 2018
Subject:NSF Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) NSF 15-576


Deadline for Internal Review:August 31, 2018

Project Description

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.

Anticipated Funding Amount: approximately $10,000,000 total available across all awards.
Duration of Award: Up to 4 years
Estimated Number of Awards: 4 to 12


UW-Madison may submit one Thematic Collections Networks (TCN) proposal as the lead organization. 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.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Please include the following information:

  • Cover Page
  • Brief Project Summary
  • List of Participating Institutions
  • Project Description (up to 5 pages) describing the proposed project addressing the intent of the NSF ADBC Program Solicitation.

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to NSF by October 12, 2018.