iDigBio’s Phase 3 Funded

Friday, June 25, 2021

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the iDigBio project a 5-year, nearly $20 million grant from the Sustained Availability of Biological Infrastructure program. iDigBio has served as NSF’s National Resource for Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections since 2011. iDigBio has historically been composed of five domains, with four at University of Florida and the fifth—the Digitization, Workforce Development, and Citizen Science Domain—at Florida State University’s iDigInfo. The new grant includes a sixth domain at Arizona State University. The $3.3 million awarded to FSU brings support for graduate students and three full-time positions who will work to catalyze excellence in the creation of digital data about the roughly 1 billion biodiversity specimens (fish in jars, insects on pins, fossils in drawers, plants on sheets) in US collections. The new award starts on September 1, 2021. iDigInfo Director Austin Mast is FSU’s co-PI on the iDigBio grant with four co-PI’s from UF’s Florida Museum of Natural History and UF’s Advanced Computing and Information Systems Laboratory. For more information, visit the URL below.



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