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Collections in Support of Biological Research  (CSBR)

CSBR Important Announcement

Please see the BIO directorate home page for an update on the CSBR evaluation and proposal competition schedule: http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=BIO.

Further information and opportunity for questions/feedback regarding the CSBR program can be found on the DBIBlog: https://dbiblog.nsfbio.com/2016/04/04/csbr_guidance/.

CSBR Important Announcement

The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program has been placed on hiatus as of March 2016. New proposals will not be accepted in 2016. During this time the program is being evaluated for the long term resource needs and research priorities in the Biological Sciences Directorate. Please monitor this site for more information regarding proposal submissions in 2017 or beyond. Current CSBR awardees should communicate with their cognizant program officers for any issues related to their awards.

Further information and opportunity for questions/feedback regarding the hiatus of the CSBR program for FY17 can be found on the DBIBlog: https://dbinsfblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/csbr_guidance/.

Note Guidance on Data Management Plans

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.  


Name Email Phone Room
Reed  S. Beaman dbicsbr@nsf.gov (703) 292-8470  615  
Roland  P. Roberts dbicsbr@nsf.gov (703) 292-8470  612  


Solicitation  15-577

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


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)



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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program


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