Grants Program for Collections in Support of Biological Research

The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds: 1) for improvements to secure 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 to the biological research community; and 3) to transfer ownership of collections. Apply by August 14, 2017.

PROGRAM SOLICITATION
NSF 15-577

REPLACES DOCUMENT(S):
NSF 14-564

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):September 10, 2015August 14, 2017Second Monday in August, Annually ThereafterIMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REVISION NOTES

  • The requirement that digital data generated through the activities of funded Natural Historyprojects be integrated with iDigBio has been clarified.
  • Clarifies that data integration with iDigBio is not a requirement for Living Stock/Culture projects.
  • Letters of institutional support are no longer accepted for Natural History collections proposals.

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTSGeneral InformationProgram Title:

Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)

Synopsis of Program:

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.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

  • Roland P. Roberts, Program Director, Directorate of Biological Sciences, Division of Biological Infrastructure, 612, telephone: (703) 292-8470, fax: (703) 292-9063, email: dbicsbr@nsf.gov
  • Reed S. Beaman, Program Director, Directorate of Biological Sciences, Division of Biological Infrastructure, 615, telephone: (703) 292-8470, fax: (703) 292-9063, email: dbicsbr@nsf.gov

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

  • 47.074 — Biological Sciences

Award InformationAnticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing GrantEstimated Number of Awards: 15 to 20 per competition pending availability of fundsAnticipated Funding Amount: $4,500,000A budget of $8 million is anticipated with approximately $4.5M reserved for new awards depending on prior commitments and availability of funds.Eligibility InformationWho May Submit Proposals:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Universities and Colleges – Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
  • State and Local Governments: State educational offices or organizations and local school districts.

Who May Serve as PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 3

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.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Proposal Preparation and Submission InstructionsA. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required
  • Full Proposals:
    • Full Proposals submitted via FastLane: NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, Part I: Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Guidelines apply. The complete text of the GPG is available electronically on the NSF website at: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg.
    • Full Proposals submitted via Grants.gov: NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements:Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.
  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:Not Applicable
  • Other Budgetary Limitations:Not Applicable

C. Due Dates

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):September 10, 2015

    August 14, 2017

    Second Monday in August, Annually Thereafter

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