Limited Submission: NSF 15-577 Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)

If you are interested in submitting a NSF 15-577 Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) proposal, send an abstract no more than three pages in length to Elizabeth Soto by the internal deadline of Monday, July 18, 2016 at noon. Follow Illinois Tech’s guidelines for internal competitions available here.

  • Institutional Limit: Three
  • Internal Deadline: Monday, July 18, 2016 at noon
  • Full Proposal Deadline Date: Monday, August 8, 2016

Synopsis of Program:

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, improve 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.


Per Illinois Tech policy, all grant applications (federal and non-federal) must be reviewed, signed and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs regardless of the amount of the request. Complete your routing sheet as soon as possible here. Contact or call at 312.567.3035 for more information on submitting a proposal.