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About Biological Infrastructure (DBI)

Empowering Biological Discovery

DBI empowers biological discovery by supporting the development and enhancement of biological resources, human capital, and centers.  These investments underpin advances in all areas of biological research.

Support for Research Resources includes development of informatics tools and resources, development of new instrumentation, the curatorial improvement and computerization of research collections, improvements of research facilities at biological field stations and marine laboratories as well as in living stock collections.

Support for Human Resources includes research experiences for undergraduates (sites), undergraduate research and mentoring in biology, undergraduate interdisciplinary research experiences at the interface of biology and mathematical sciences, research initiation grants to broaden participation and, in selected areas, postdoctoral research fellowships.

Support for centers creates opportunities to address targeted but deep biological questions that have major societal impact.

In addition, BIO's participation in a variety of crosscutting activities such as IGERT, Graduate Research Fellowships, and Major Research Instrumentation is managed in DBI.


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