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 of no more than three pages to by the internal deadline of August 3, 2015 at noon. Follow IIT’s guidelines for internal competitions available here.

In a single round of the CSBR competition, only one proposal may be submitted from any individual collection within an organization. One organization may not submit more than three proposals to any one CSBR competition.
Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: There are no restrictions or limits.
•INTERNAL DEADLINE: Noon, August 3, 2015
•Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 10, 2015


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.

Potential proposers for any of the Competitive Areas are strongly encouraged to contact one of the CSBR Program Directors before beginning the effort of preparing a proposal.
Per IIT 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. Please contact or call at 312.567.3035 for more information on submitting a proposal.