Natural Science Collections Alliance

Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.

Position Statements

NSCA & SPNHC Submit Joint Comments on NOAA Marine Mammal Protection Act Proposed Rule

The Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSCA) and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History (SPNHC) have submitted joint comments on a proposed rule to modify the duration of certain permits and letters of confirmation under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). “We support the changes in permit terms proposed by the National Marine Fisheries […]

NSC Alliance Provides FY 2025 Interior Appropriations Testimony in Support of Collections

The NSC Alliance has submitted testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees regarding fiscal year (FY) 2025 funding for programs that curate natural history collections within the Department of the Interior and Smithsonian Institution. “Scientific collections, and the collections professionals and scientists who make, care for, and study these resources, are a vital component […]

NSC Alliance Submits Testimony in Support of FY 2025 Funding for NSF

The Natural Science Collections Alliance has submitted testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, requesting Congress to provide the National Science Foundation with at least $11.9 billion in FY 2025.  The testimony highlights the importance and role of natural history collections in improving public health, agricultural productivity, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, and American […]

NSC Alliance Submits Testimony in Support of FY 2025 Funding for IMLS

The Natural Science Collections Alliance has provided testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees regarding fiscal year (FY) 2025 funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). “The IMLS is the primary federal agency that supports public education programs at museums and an important source of funding for preserving scientific collections. Investments […]

NSCA Board Members Pen Viewpoint on the Duke Herbarium Decision

Several members of the Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSCA) Board of Directors, led by Barbara Thiers, Director Emerita at the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium of The New York Botanical Garden, have authored a Viewpoint article for BioScience calling for “continued enhancement, not dissolution” of the Duke Herbarium. The article reads, in part: “We urge […]

Science Coalition Requests $11.9 Billion for NSF in FY 2025

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)—an alliance of more than 140 professional organizations, scientific societies, universities, and businesses that advocate for the National Science Foundation (NSF)—has called on House and Senate appropriators to provide at least $11.9 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in fiscal year (FY) 2025. Then House and Senate letters […]

NSC Alliance Urges Duke University to Reconsider Decision to Close Herbarium

On February 16, 2024, the Natural Science Collections (NSC) Alliance sent a letter to Duke University leadership in response to reports about the closure of their herbarium due to a change in funding priorities. The letter strongly urged Duke leadership to reconsider the decision to dismantle the herbarium. “Duke’s proposed divestment of its herbarium is […]

NSCA Signs Letter Rejecting Cuts to FY 2024 Non-Defense Discretionary Funding

NSC Alliance has joined more than 1000 organizations in a letter urging Congress to reject any full-year continuing resolution that would result in cuts to non-defense discretionary spending, the funding source for most scientific research programs. “Such cuts would be disastrous for the capacity of the federal government to serve the public, assist those in […]

NSC Alliance Joins Science Coalition in Urging White House to Request Robust Funding for NSF in FY 2025

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)—an alliance of more than 140 professional organizations, scientific societies, universities, and businesses that advocate for the National Science Foundation (NSF)—has called on the Biden Administration to request $16.7 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in fiscal year (FY) 2025, which is the level of funding for NSF […]

NSC Alliance Submits Testimony in Support of FY 2024 Funding for IMLS

The Natural Science Collections Alliance has provided testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee regarding fiscal year (FY) 2024 funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). “The IMLS is the primary federal agency that supports public education programs at museums and an important source of funding for preserving scientific collections. Investments in IMLS […]

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