The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a new grant program, “Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections,” for scientific collections.  According to NSF documents, the 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 (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States.”

NSF has stated a goal of making 7-12 competitive awards totaling $10 million in fiscal year 2011, assuming adequate appropriations of funds.  Of these planned awards, 6-11 are anticipated to be “Thematic Collections Networks,” and 1 award is planned to be a “Home Uniting Biocollections (HUB).”

For more information, including links to the Request for Proposal (RFP), please visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503559&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund.