Instrument Development for Biological Research
The Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) 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 announcements of solicitations for 2017 or beyond. Current IDBR awardees should review the information in the Guidelines and communicate with their cognizant program officers for any issues related to their awards.
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.
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
Current but no Longer Receiving Proposals
The Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) Program supports the development, production, and distribution of novel instrumentation that addresses demonstrated needs in biological research in areas supported by NSF Biology programs (see http://www.nsf.gov/bio). These systems would benefit a broad user community through mass distribution of the technology. Interdisciplinary collaborations are strongly encouraged, as are partnerships with U.S. industries that can facilitate knowledge transfer, commercialization and broad utilization in the research community. The program accepts two types of proposals:
Type A - Innovation: Proposals for the development of novel instrumentation that provides new research capabilities or, where appropriate, that significantly improves current technologies by at least an order of magnitude in fundamental aspects such as accuracy, precision, resolution, throughput, flexibility, breadth of application, costs of construction or operation, or user-friendliness.
Type B - Bridging: Proposals for transforming ‘one of a kind' prototypes or high-end instruments into devices that are broadly available and utilizable without loss of capacity. If appropriate, PIs should seek SBIR/STTR Program, or similar support mechanism for implementation of broad distribution following an IDBR award.
The IDBR program does not support access to an individual instrument in a user facility, or to data collected thereby; such proposals should be submitted to other relevant programs or agencies. Projects focused on enhancing research capabilities in a specific research lab, institution, center or consortium are not eligible for IDBR support. Similarly not eligible are projects for the development of methods, assays, or software for instrument operation, data acquisition or analysis, except as a component of the instrument development and testing.
In addition to NSF's standard merit review criteria (http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/merit_review/) the following additional criteria will be considered in proposal evaluation:
Type A - Innovation: Need and potential impact on biological research; novelty of the device or clear demonstration of at least an order of magnitude improvement over available technologies; feasibility of the technical plan; novelty of the dissemination plan; and inclusion of the biological user community.
Type B - Bridging: The magnitude of the potential biological user community and demonstrated strength of need; feasibility of the technical plan; and quality of the dissemination plan to make the technology broadly available to the community.
Chemical Measurement and Imaging
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Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry
Faculty Early Career Development Program
Major Research Instrumentation Program
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)
Master List of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC)
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What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program