Dimensions of Biodiversity Directorate for Biological Sciences/NSF

58567 17-523 21-Feb-2017 0.00 USD
Contact Name Simon Malcomber
Contact Telephone 703-292-8227
Contact Email Dimensions@nsf.gov
Sponsor Website http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290160
Program URL https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17523/nsf17523.htm
Deadline Dates (ALL) 21-Feb-2017
Synopsis Despite centuries of discovery, most of our planet’s biodiversity remains unknown. The scale of the unknown diversity on Earth 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, by 2020, 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 and feedbacks between and among them. While this focus complements several core programs in BIO, 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.
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