NSF Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) 2015

To: Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological Sciences
Associate Deans for Research
School/College Research Administrators
From: Dave Schuster, Graduate School
Date:  June 10, 2014
Subject: NSF Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)


{excerpt}Notification of intent to submit is due at the Graduate School on: June 18, 2014
Deadline for internal competition: To Be Determined{/excerpt}

Project Description:

The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds:

  1. for improvements to secure, improve, 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 of the collection to the biological research community; and
  3. 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
# 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.



This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions.

Internal Competition Application Instructions:

Notice of intent: Send an email message to gsgrants@grad.wisc.edu with subject line:

“NSF CSBR-PI last name”  by June 18, 2014 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal.

Please include the following in your e-mail:

  • Name and contact information of the PI
  • Title of proposal
  • Brief description of the proposed project
  • Competitive Area

Applications for internal review: PIs will be notified if an internal competition is necessary.

For the project selected, the proposal must be submitted using (Grants.gov, NSF Fastlane.) Information about campus procedures for (Grants.gov, NSF Fastlane) is posted on the RSP web site.  Applications are due to the Sponsor by August 11, 2014, 5 PM CDT.

If you have any questions, contact Dave Schuster (608) 263-7274 or email gsgrants@grad.wisc.edu.