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.
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 a ten-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.
Successful LTREB proposals address three essential components:
30px;">A Decadal Research Plan that clearly articulates important questions that cannot be addressed with data that have already been collected, but could be answered if ten additional years of data were collected.
This plan is not a research timeline or management plan.
It is a concise justification for ten years of support in order to advance understanding of key concepts, questions, or theories in environmental biology.
LTREB proposals require that the author has studied a particular phenomenon or process for at least six years up to the present and for long enough to generate a contemporary time series that contains at least six data points.
These data constitute Core Data on which theproposed projectis based.
Analysis of these data should generate new questions, on the same phenomena or processes, that cannot be answered with the existing core data, require ten years of additional data to be answered, and that therefore provide the focus of the LTREB project.
Requirements for core data are described in more detail in the solicitation.
Please read these carefully.
30px;">A Plan for Data Management and Dissemination that details information management and plans for data sharing with the broader research community and the interested public.
Data from long-term research projects have value beyond the peer-reviewed and other publications generated by the investigators collecting the data.
Specific review criteria for LTREB proposals and renewals are explained in Section VI of the current program solicitation.
Prospective applicants are advised to read this solicitation carefully.
All proposals submitted to the LTREB program are co-reviewed by participating Clusters in the Division of Environmental Biology:
Ecosystem Science, Population and Community Ecology, and Evolutionary Processes.Proposals must address topics supported by these programs.
Researchers who are uncertain about the suitability of their project for the LTREB Program are encouraged to contact the cognizant Program Officer.
The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) no longer accepts proposals submitted to the LTREB solicitation.
Long-term projects that address questions of a) development, mechanisms, adaptive value, or evolutionary history of behavior, b) mechanisms and processes mediating antagonistic and beneficial symbioses, c) growth, development, stress adaptation mechanisms, energetics and metabolism, or other physiological processes, and d) structural and physiological traits that underlie organisms' capacities to live in various environments will no longer be supported through LTREB.
Core IOS programs supporting all of these areas will entertain proposals based on long-term data <a href="http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503623&org=IOS&from=home">http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503623&org=IOS&from=home</a>.