About Biological Infrastructure (DBI)

The Division of Biological Infrastructure empowers biological discovery by investing in the development and enhancement of biological research resources, human capital, and biology centers and other mid-to-large scale infrastructure.  These investments support advances in all areas of biological research.

Research Resources Cluster

Includes development of informatics and cyberinfrastructure resources; development of new instrumentation; the curatorial improvement and digitization of research collections, including living stock collections; and the improvements of research facilities at biological field stations and marine laboratories.

Human Resources Cluster

Promotes the development of the scientific workforce in the field of biology by supporting fellowships for postdoctoral research, sites for research experiences for undergraduates, and research coordination networks in undergraduate biology education.

Centers and Other Mid-to-Large-Scale Infrastructure

Addresses targeted biological questions focused toward the needs of a particular research and education community in the biological sciences through managing synthesis centers, science and technology centers, nanoscale science and engineering centers, and other activities.

Funding Opportunities Information:

To discover more information about DBI's programs, please click “Programs” in the left navigation bar.

For information about active DBI funding opportunities including cross-directorate and NSF-wide activities, such as those DBI oversees for BIO (e.g., ADVANCE, NSF INCLUDES, the NSF Research Traineeship Program, the Graduate Research Fellowships program, and the Major Research Instrumentation program), please click "Funding" in the left navigation bar.

For “Dear Colleague Letters,” information about supplements, and BIO's guidance on data management plans, please click "Additional Resources" in the left navigation bar.

Contact Us:

General questions may be directed to our main office phone number: (703) 292-8470. Specific DBI staff members may be contacted via email, please see our staff directory: http://www.nsf.gov/staff/staff_list.jsp?org=DBI&from_org=DBI.

DBI also encourages the community to engage with us through our blog, DBInfo: https://dbiblog.nsfbio.com/.

Media Inquiries:

NSF Public Communications & Media Policy: https://www.nsf.gov/news/policies_for_media.jsp

Media inquiries should be directed to the NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, Division of Public Affairs: (703) 292-8070; Public Affairs Officer for BIO: Ivy Kupec

Legislative Inquiries:

Legislative inquiries should be directed to the NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, Division of Legislative Affairs: (703) 292-8070; Legislative Affairs Officer for BIO: Eric Hammond

If you're a new visitor to the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) website or just want a quick visual and textual summary of BIO areas of support, please visit the "About" page for the Directorate to access an interactive organization chart.


Home page image credits:

Beakers: Dr. Jerry Brand

Students examining specimens:  Florida Museum of Natural History

NEON tower: NEON, Inc.

Lemurs: Duke Lemur Center/David Haring