Applications sought for NSF, Museums for America grant competitions

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The Office of Research and Economic Development is seeking proposals to submit applications for grants from Museums for America and the National Science Foundation's Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections program.

The NSF's program seeks to create a national resource of digital data documenting existing biological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information. The national resource will be structured at three levels -- a national hub; thematic networks based on collaborative groups of collects; and the physical collections.

This resource will be an invaluable tool in understanding the biodiversity and societal consequences of climate change, species invasions, natural disasters, the spread of disease vectors and agricultural pests, and other biological issues.

UNL may submit one proposal as the lead organization for each of the tracks in the NSF grant competition. Notification of intent to submit is due by Sept. 13. Interested faculty must also submit a UNL pre-proposal, available at, by Sept. 27.

The Museums for America grants are designed to strengthen a museum's ability to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance the institution's mission and strategic coals. The grants are designed to be flexible and used for a wide variety of projects.

UNL may submit one application to the Museums for American competition. Individuals interested in developing a proposal must complete a notification of intent to submit by Sept. 8. A UNL pre-proposal, available at, must also be submitted by Sept. 17.

For more information on either grant competition, contact Noah Clayton at or (402) 472-8031.

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