NSF Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)

National Science Foundation (NSF)


Grant amount: Up to US $450,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Faculty Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

NOTE:

The core programs in DEB and IOS are discontinuing use of the Preliminary proposal mechanism in 2018. There will be no call for preliminary proposals in January 2018. 

Awards will be made, with FY 2018 funds, for full proposals that were invited for submission based on the review of preliminary proposals submitted in January, 2017 to DEB . Thereafter, these solicitations will be archived and will no longer accept proposals.

All four divisions will release new solicitations to replace these in the middle of calendar year 2018, inviting proposals to be funded with FY 2019 funds. There will be no deadlines for submissions to any of the new solicitations. Once the solicitations are released, but not before, full proposals may be submitted at any time. 

See full details of the changes here.

Introduction

The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals.

Program Description

The Program intends to support decadal projects. Funding for an initial, 5-year period requires submission of a preliminary proposal and, if invited, submission of a full proposal that includes a 15-page project description. Proposals for the second five years of support (renewal proposals) are limited to an eight-page project description and do not require a preliminary proposal.

Continuation of an LTREB project beyond an initial ten year award will require submission of a new preliminary proposal that presents a new decadal research plan. 

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