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.

BCoN Seeks Emerging and Early Career Professionals to Join the Leadership Team of the BIOFAIR Data Network Project

The Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN), in collaboration with the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and with support from the National Science Foundation (Award No. 2303588), is organizing a community discussion series, entitled “Building an Integrated, Open, Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (BIOFAIR) Data Network.”   NSC Alliance is a partner in this project.  Critical to this […]

2023 SPNHC Natural History Education DemoCamp

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) Education Sessional Committee is hosting a virtual Natural History Education (NHE) DemoCamp. The goal is to share, discover, and discuss educational materials that have a framework in natural history. NSC Alliance is a partner in the event. The NHE DemoCamp is designed to provide materials and […]

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 […]

NSC Alliance Joins Letter Urging Congress to Reject Cuts to Non-Defense Discretionary Spending

NSC Alliance was among 760 organizations that signed a letter urging Congress to reject proposed cuts to non-defense discretionary (NDD) appropriations. The letter, led by the Coalition for Health Funding, calls on Congress to reject cuts to NDD appropriations and instead set funding for fiscal year (FY) 2024 at a level that recognizes both rising […]

Showcase the Value of Collections: Enter the 13th Annual Faces of Biology Photo Contest

Enter the Faces of Biology Photo Contest for a chance to win $250 and to have your photo appear on the cover of the journal BioScience. The competition recognizes scientists who use imagery to communicate aspects of biological research to the public and policymakers. Once again, this year’s competition is sponsored by the Society for […]

OSTP Report Recognizes Collections Among Research Goals for the U.S. Bioeconomy

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has released five reports that outline research and development (R&D) goals for the U.S. bioeconomy.  Each of the reports was authored individually by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Commerce, and Health and Human Services. The reports are in response […]

NSC Alliance Joins Societies in Expressing Support for NSF’s DDIG Program

Twenty six scientific societies and organizations, including NSC Alliance, as well as more than 280 individual researchers, have expressed support for a BioScience editorial by Drs. Charles Fenster and Scott Collins that calls for restoring the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) program within the Divisions of Environmental Biology (DEB) and Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) at […]

NSC Alliance Submits Testimony in Support of FY 2024 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 2024.  The testimony highlights the importance and role of natural history collections in improving public well-being and national economic security. “Natural science collections advance scientific […]

NSC Alliance Provides FY 2024 Appropriations Testimony in Support of Collections

The NSC Alliance has submitted testimony to the House Appropriations Committee regarding fiscal year (FY) 2024 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 of our […]

NSC Alliance Provides Comments to White House on Supporting the Bioeconomy

NSC Alliance has submitted written input to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in response to a request for information on supporting the U.S. bioeconomy. Specifically, the White House was seeking public input on how advances in biotechnology and biomanufacturing can achieve previously unachievable goals and the steps necessary to create […]

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