National Science Foundation

NSF: Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)

Program Summary 

The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides for enhancements that secure and improve existing collections, result in accessible 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.
Competitive Areas

In a single round of the CSBR competition, only one proposal may be submitted from any individual collection within an organization. One organization may not submit more than three proposals to any one CSBR competition.

Proposals are accepted from U.S. organizations, including colleges and universities that maintain research collections, natural history museums including herbaria, and other collections administered by independent organizations or by state, county, or local governments; non-federal and non-profit research organizations that maintain collections; and field stations, marine laboratories, botanical gardens, zoological parks, and aquaria that maintain living or vouchered research collections significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community. The size of an organization is not a factor in determining eligibility. 

Award Information
The CSBR program expects approximately $6 million biennially pending availability of funds. Awards are limited to $500,000 for up to three years. Please see the NSF website for the Collections in Support of Biological Research program for a current listing of awards and examples of the range and scope of projects supported. 

Internal Selection Procedure 

The UI Office of the Vice President for Research has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
  1. A two page CV
  2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Tuesday, July 16, 2013.


Proposal Due to OVPRED05/21/2013 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF07/09/2013
Date Due to Sponsor07/16/2013
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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