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Planetary Biodiversity Inventories (PBI)

Status: Archived

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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.

Special Biennial Competition in Biodiversity Surveys and Inventories


To accelerate the discovery and study of the world’s biodiversity, proposals are invited from teams of investigators to conduct a worldwide, species-level systematic inventory of a major group of organisms. Each project should conduct fieldwork necessary to fill gaps in existing collections, produce descriptions, taxonomic revisions, web-searchable databases, and interactive keys (or other automated identification tools) for all new and known species in the targeted group, analyze their phylogenetic relationships, and establish predictive classifications for the group. Proposals may target any particular group of organisms, from terrestrial, fresh-water, or marine habitats, at any feasible level in the taxonomic hierarchy, but must be global in scope.

Program contacts

Maureen Kearney
mkearney@nsf.gov (703) 292-7187 BIO/DEB
Rafael O. de Sa
rdesa@nsf.gov (703) 292-7836
Timothy Collins
tcollins@nsf.gov (703) 292-4763
Susan L. Perkins
sperkins@nsf.gov (703) 292-4821

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