HomeFederal GovernmentGrants$5 Million Grant Available for Long Term Research in Environmental Biology

The National Science Foundation has announced the availability of $5 million in federal grant money for long-term environmental research projects.

~ ClimateChangeVI: Researchers have long been frustrated by the fact that biological processes take time to study and observe … sometimes years longer than available funds allow. The good news is that for the 2017 grant funding cycle the time frame for long-term research and experiments in the environment has been increased from eight years to ten years.

According to the National Science Foundation:

“The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science.

“The Program intends to support decadal projects. Funding for an initial, 5-year period requires submission of a preliminary proposal and, if invited, submission of a full proposal that includes a 15-page project description. Proposals for the second five years of support (renewal proposals) are limited to a ten-page project description and do not require a preliminary proposal.”

Research areas include, but are not limited to,

• The effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems;

• The effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times;

• Feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and

• External forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.


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Directorate for Biological Sciences
Division of Environmental Biology

Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required)
(due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):
January 23, 2017
January 23, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Deadline(s)
(due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):
August 02, 2017
August 2, Annually Thereafter

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