Natural Science Collections Alliance


National Fossil Day is October 13

National Fossil Day, an annual celebration organized by the National Park Service (NPS), will take place on October 13, 2021.  The event highlights the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.  The annual celebration will include paleontology activities planned by partner organizations across the United States. NSC […]

International Workshop Series on Nagoya Protocol: Register Now for the Session on Applied Ecology and Infectious Disease

With support from the National Science Foundation, the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the USA Nagoya Protocol Action Group are organizing an online workshop series to explore how the international scientific community can study biodiversity in the changing landscape of international policy.  Registration is now open for the session on “Applied Ecology and Infectious […]

White House Announces Science & Technology Priorities for 2023

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued their annual science and technology (S&T) priorities memorandum on August 27.  The document guides federal agency priority-setting in the coming budget cycle.  The directive identifies pandemic readiness and prevention, climate change action, national security […]

Research Funding in the House Reconciliation Package

On September 9, 2021, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology approved $45 billion in research funding as part of a larger $3.5 trillion budget plan that Democratic lawmakers are looking to pass through the budget reconciliation process.  The bill would make significant investments in the National Science Foundation (NSF) and labs at the […]

Study Shows Museum Collections Can Predict Species Abundance in the Wild

According to a new study published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution by researchers at the University of Vermont and international scientists, museum natural history collections of plants, small mammals, fish, insects, and amphibians can be used to predict most species’ relative abundance in the wild.  Findings from this study can help to address certain […]

Register for ESA’s Strategies for Success Online Course

NSC Alliance members are invited to register for the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) Strategies for Success online course for project leaders. The course will provide participants with the financial management, strategic planning, communication, and fundraising skills and tools you need to make your project or program more successful and financially sustainable.  Expert faculty will […]

Webinar: Funding Opportunities for Scientific Collections at NSF

Join us for a webinar with program directors from the National Science Foundation (NSF) about structural changes to collections-related funding opportunities at the agency. Date: October 4, 2021Time: 2:00-3:00 PM EST (this program will be recorded)Location: Online via Zoom Event Partners: Natural Science Collections AllianceAmerican Institute of Biological SciencesBiodiversity Collections NetworkSociety for the Preservation of […]

NSC Alliance Writes to OSTP, NIH about the Importance of Collections to Human Health

The Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance) has joined the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) in submitting comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the new Advanced Research Project Agency – […]

White House Report Highlights Scientific Collections as Key Research Infrastructure

Earlier this month, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a new report that standardizes the definition of research and development infrastructure (RDI) across the federal government.  The National Strategic Overview for Research and Development Infrastructure report was prepared by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on RDI, composed […]

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