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Division of Biological Infrastructure

If you are facing a time-critical emergency situation related to support for a living stocks or natural history collection, please contact a CSBR cognizant Program Director ( in the Division of Biological Infrastructure to discuss your circumstances and the potential for submitting a Rapid Response Research (RAPID) proposal. RAPID requests may be for up to $200k and up to one year in duration. For additional requirements regarding RAPID proposals please see the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide, Chapter II, Section E1:

Last Updated: March 7, 2017

Please see the BIO directorate home page for an update on the CSBR evaluation and proposal competition schedule:

BIO has posted revised Guidance on Data Management plans (updated 10/01/15).  Please review before submitting a proposal to the Directorate for Biological Sciences.  

Reed S. Beaman, (703) 292-8470
Room 615

Roland P. Roberts, (703) 292-8470
Room 612

Solicitation 15-577

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Full Proposal Deadline Date

    Mon Aug 13 00:00:00 EDT 2018

    Second Monday in August, Annually Thereafter

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.

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.

Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections
Genealogy of Life
Dimensions of Biodiversity
Division of Environmental Biology

Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio)
World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC)

Research Resources Cluster

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)


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