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Bullet events · Aug 26, 2021

Funding Opportunities for Scientific Collections at NSF

Join us for a webinar with program directors from the National Science Foundation (NSF) about structural changes to collections-related funding opportunities at the agency.

Watch a recording of this webinar on our YouTube Page.

October 4, 2021

2:00-3:00 PM EST

Online via Zoom

Event Partners:


Jyotsna Pandey, AIBS, NSC Alliance, and BCoN

Speakers from NSF:

  • Reed Beaman, Program Director, Division of Biological Infrastructure
  • Peter McCartney, Program Director, Division of Biological Infrastructure
  • Roland Roberts, Program Director, Division of Biological Infrastructure
  • Matthew Herron, Program Director, Division of Biological Infrastructure


The National Science Foundation plays an important role in protecting, supporting, and expanding access to our nation’s scientific collections, which include preserved specimens in natural history museums and herbaria; fossilized specimens; living collections in zoos, aquaria, and botanical gardens; tissues, DNA and stock collections; and media collections. NSF supports research that uses existing collections as well as studies that gather new specimens. Importantly, it also provides critical support for national biological research infrastructure that houses biodiversity collections as well as digitization initiatives through the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC), Thematic Collections Networks (TCN), and Partner to Existing Networks (PEN) programs.

The collections community and stakeholders, including collection and data managers, curators, Sponsored Research Officers (SROs), and other administrators are invited to join us for a virtual learning session that will explore recent structural changes to NSF programs that support collections and how these might impact the community. There will also be a discussion of new opportunities that currently exist or may be available in the near future. The program will start with a presentation from NSF program directors responsible for collections-related programs at the agency followed by an opportunity for the community to ask questions.