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Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity College / University Museum/Library/Zoo

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) is notifying members of the research communities of important changes to the core program solicitations as noted below, effective in calendar year 2018. 

In order to promote interdisciplinary research that crosses biological scales and traverses current divisional boundaries, BIO will implement a "no-deadline," full-proposal mechanism for receiving and reviewing proposals submitted to the programs in the Research Resources Cluster of the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI). 

FY 2018 funds will be used to make awards for full proposals submitted to DBI for the Aug 14, 2017 deadline. 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.

Synopsis of Program:

The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds:

  • for improvements to secure  and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community;
  • to secure collections related data for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility to the biological research community; and
  • to transfer  ownership of collections.

The CSBR program provides for enhancements that secure and improve existing collections, improves the  accessibility of digitized specimen-related data, and develop better methods for specimen curation and collection  management. Requests should demonstrate a clear and urgent need to secure the collection, and the proposed  activities should address that need. Biological collections supported include established living stock/culture  collections, vouchered non-living natural history collections, and jointly-curated ancillary collections such as  preserved tissues and DNA libraries. 

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