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September 17, 2019
1977 LTER Concept Conference
September 17, 2019
1978 LTER pilot project workshop
September 17, 2019
1979 LTER Concept Statement Workshop
September 17, 2019
2016 LTER New Site Solicitation

NSF Solicitation (2016) for new LTER sites. 

January 24, 2017
Historical Information on LTER Microbial Observatories
June 14, 2013
2012 LTER Program Solicitation

This solicitation formalizes the basic requirements and expectations of all Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) proposals.

At the current time, the LTER program is accepting only renewal proposals from existing projects.

Should funds become available to support new sites, a Dear Colleague Letter or a revised solicitation will be released specifying the criteria for an open competition.

December 30, 2011
LTER 2011 renewal proposal guidelines letter to PIs

LTER 2011 renewal proposal guidelines letter to PIs

October 28, 2010
LTER Program Request for Proposals 1981

LTER Program Request for Proposals 1981

October 22, 2009
LTER Program Request for Proposals 1980

LTER Program Request for Proposals 1980

October 22, 2009
LTER 2006 renewal proposal guidelines letter to PIs

Instructions for the LTER renewal proposals that are due at NSF on 1 February 2006 via Fastlane.

These instructions are the same as those used for the renewal competition in 2002 and 2004 and your 2003 mid-term site review.

August 26, 2005
A Brief History of the LTER Network

An outline of the major milestones ocuring in the 20+ year history of the LTER Network, from the 1970s to present.

July 8, 2002
Long Term Ecological Research Core Areas

1. Core Research Questions – Initially, at least, only a modest number of research questions can be asked in a uniform and coordinated fashion at a majority of participating sites. The following are five areas of core research suggested for a majority of the sites, whether they are focused on terrestrial or aquatic systems.

April 19, 2002
2001 LTER Site Characteristics

Summarizes and compares information between sites, such as number of Pis, average dollar amount per PI, and number of graduate students at each site.

August 31, 2001
1998 LTER Network Microbial Ecology Vision Statement

The Vision statement for Microbial Ecology in LTER

August 9, 2001
Background Reading List on Early LTER Network Development

For more information on the early development of the Network, see the following publications:

March 14, 2001
1979 Report on Long-Term Ecological Research Concept and Measurement Needs

Long-term Ecological Research Concept Statement and Measurement Needs Summary of a Workshop at the Institute of Ecology, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 25-27, 1979. Prepared for: National Science Foundation Directorate for Biological, Behavioral and Social Sciences Division of Environmental Biology, Biological Research Resources Program

June 27, 1979
1978 Report on Pilot Project for Long-Term Observation and Study of Ecosystems in the United States

This report describes a pilot project for long-term observation and study of ecological systems in the United States. It includes a plan for the organization, development, and administration of the project, as well as a proposed system for the selection, storage, and retrieval of observational data.

February 10, 1978
1977 Long Term Ecological Measurements Conference Report

A group of scientists representing many areas of ecology met March 16-18, 1977 to discuss fundamental issues concerning long-term ecological measurements. The report of this conference is divided into two parts: (1) a summary statement from the entire co nference; and (2) specific recommendations regarding terrestrial freshwater and marine ecosystems, prepared by different sections of the conference.

March 18, 1977