The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the availability of funding to enhance and expand digitization of and access to existing biological and paleontological collections in the United States.

The solicitation differs from NSF’s first digitization grant opportunity in several ways. It provides multiple year deadlines for the program. It allows smaller requests from collections to become partners to existing networks in order to fill gaps in digitization. Funding will be prioritized to projects that fill these gaps in online access to specimen data and that integrate with ongoing digitization activities. The Directorate for Geosciences, Earth Science Division has also been added as a formal program partner.

Proposals are due by 31 October 2011. For more information, visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503559&org=BIO&from=home.