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University of Wisconsin–Madison

NSF Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) 2015

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological Sciences, Associate Deans for Research, College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:May 12, 2015
Subject:NSF Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) NSF 14-564


Deadline for Internal Review:June 02, 2015

Project Description

The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds:
for improvements to secure, improve, and organize collections that are significant to the NSF BIO-funded research community;
to secure collections-related data for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility of the collection to the biological research community; and
to transfer collection ownership responsibilities.

The CSBR program provides for enhancements that secure and improve existing collections, result in accessible 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.

Competitive Area 1. Natural History Collections
Funds are provided to make improvements in established vouchered natural history collections for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility of the collection to the biological research community. Such improvements include, but are not limited to, securing and organizing specimens and related data and developing methods to improve specimen curation and collection management.

Competitive Area 2. Living Stock Collections
Funds are provided to secure and improve existing collections of living organisms (including viruses and bacteriophages) used in the basic biological research funded by NSF BIO. Awards will be made that lead to innovative handling of living stocks or to well-defined improvements in existing collections.

Competitive Area 3. Transfer of Ownership of Collections
Funding may be requested to move valuable established collections to a new institutional home or to consolidate or combine collections. Requests for moving or consolidating must include an explicit plan for the activity.

Amount per Award: Up to $500,000 total
Duration of Award: Up to 3 years
Number of Awards: 15 to 20 per competition pending availability of funds


UW-Madison is allowed to submit three proposals. Only one proposal may be submitted from any individual collection within an organization.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application for internal review in Fluid Review, please follow this link:

Attach PDF with:
-Name and contact information of the PI
-Title of proposal
-Competitive area
-2-3 page description of the proposed project, including evidence of collection’s importance, urgency/need for project support, description and use of collection, educational contributions of collection. Please reference the NSF solicitation for instructions specific to the competitive area.

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to the sponsor by July 13, 2015.