National Science Foundation

NSF: Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)

Program Summary

The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds: 1) for improvements to secure, improve, and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community; 2) to secure collections-related data for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility of the collection to the biological research community; and 3) to transfer collection ownership responsibilities.

The 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.
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.
Award Information
Estimated number of awards: 15-20 per competition.  Anticpated funding amount: $4,500,000.  A budget of $8 million is anticipated with approximately 4.5M reserved for new awards depending on prior commitments and availability of funds. 
 Internal Selection Procedure 
The UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominees. 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 Monday, June 16, 2014. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Monday, August 11, 2014.


Proposal Due to OVPRED06/16/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF07/28/2014
Date Due to Sponsor08/11/2014
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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