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Dimensions of Biodiversity

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


Despite centuries of discovery, most of our planet's biodiversity remains unknown. The scale of Earth's unknown diversity is especially troubling given the rapid and permanent loss of biodiversity across the globe. The goal of the Dimensions of Biodiversity campaign is to transform how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth.

This campaign promotes novel integrative approaches to fill the most substantial gaps in our understanding of the diversity of life on Earth. It takes a broad view of biodiversity, and focuses on the intersection of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional dimensions of biodiversity. Successful proposals must integrate these three dimensions to understand interactions among them. While this focus complements several core programs in the Biological Sciences Directorate at NSF, it differs by requiring that multiple dimensions of biodiversity be addressed simultaneously, in novel ways, to understand their synergistic roles in critical ecological and evolutionary processes, especially pertaining to the mechanisms driving the origin, maintenance, and functional roles of biodiversity.

The 2021 Dimensions of Biodiversity program is restricted to projects supported by international partnerships with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil, and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. Proposals are to be submitted jointly, with the US PIs submitting to NSF and the collaborating Chinese, Brazilian, or South African PIs submitting to their appropriate national funding agencies. 

Investigators wishing to inquire about the suitability of potential projects for Dimensions of Biodiversity are encouraged to email a brief summary and contact information to Dimensions@nsf.gov.

Program contacts

Contacts for US-China Collaborative Research Projects

Dr. Katharina Dittmar, BIO/DEB, telephone: (703) 292-7799, email: kdittmar@nsf.gov  

Ms. Jing Chen, NSFC, email: chenjing@nsfc.gov.cn

Ms. Xiuping Liu, NSFC, email: liuxp@nsfc.gov.cn


Contacts for US-São Paulo Collaborative Research Projects

Dr. Katharina Dittmar, BIO/DEB, telephone: (703) 292-7799, email: kdittmar@nsf.gov  

Mr. Alexandre Roccatto, FAPESP, email: chamada-nsf-dimensions@fapesp.br


Contacts for US-South Africa Collaborative Research Projects

Dr. Katharina Dittmar, BIO/DEB, telephone: (703) 292-7799, email: kdittmar@nsf.gov  

Ms. Nombuso Madonda, NRF, email: nombuso.madonda@nrf.ac.za



Christopher Balakrishnan
Dimensions@nsf.gov (703) 292-2331 BIO/DEB
Katharina Dittmar
Dimensions@nsf.gov (703) 292-7799 BIO/DBI
Diana Pilson
Dimensions@nsf.gov (703) 292-2592

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