OSP FO# 11-156

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)

PROGRAM: Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to support the development of instrumentation that addresses demonstrated needs in biological research. The goal is to produce systems that would benefit a broad user community through mass distribution of the technology. Proposals must clearly demonstrate that the instrumentation addresses a need in an area of fundamental biological research as supported by the BIO directorate, and that extends beyond a particular group or a small number of researchers. The development of new instrumentation provides an ideal opportunity for student training across multiple disciplines. The IDBR program expects that most projects will include a provision for the training or education of undergraduate, graduate, and/or postdoctoral students.

The IDBR program will accept two types of proposals:

Type A – Innovation Proposals: Proposals for the development of innovative instrumentation that permits new kinds of measurements, or instruments that significantly improve current technologies by at least an order of magnitude in fundamental aspects (such as accuracy, precision, resolution, throughput, flexibility, breadth of application, cost of construction or operation, or user-friendliness).

Type B – Bridging Proposals: 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 or similar support mechanism for implementation of broad distribution following an IDBR award.

The program does not support the development of methods, assays, or software for instrument operation, data acquisition or analysis, except as a component of the instrument development and testing. Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

DEADLINE: July 29, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $3 million to support 10-12 Type A Awards and 2-5 Type B awards. The requested period of support should not exceed 36 months, except proposals whose focus is transformation of currently available high-end devices, which are limited to 24 months.

Cort L. Anderson
National Science Foundation
Room 615 N
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-7191
Fax: (703) 292-9063
Email: clanders@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10563/nsf10563.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 10-563 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.