OSP FO# 12-027
AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/ Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)/Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI)
OBJECTIVES: 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. Support is also provided to secure collections-related data for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility of the collection to the biological research community. Supplemental funding is also available to transfer collection ownership responsibilities or consolidate or combine existing collections.
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 stocks/culture collections, vouchered non-living natural history collections, and jointly-curated ancillary collections such as preserved tissues and DNA libraries.
Please see the link to the program announcement below for further details.
ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: In a single round of the CSBR competition, only one proposal may be submitted from any individual collection within an organization. Organizations that house multiple collections and submit proposals from more than one collection must demonstrate strategic planning activities and clearly articulate their prioritization of the needs outlined in the proposals. One organization may not submit more than three proposals to any one CSBR competition.
BU Internal Deadline: June 18, 2012
Application Deadline: July 27, 2012
FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF intends to commit $6.5 million to fund approximately 10-20 standard or continuing grants, pending availability of funds.
Daphne G. Fautin, Program Director
Directorate for Biological Sciences
Division of Biological Infrastructure
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8470
Fax: (703) 292-9063
INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen potential proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a proposal should forward a memorandum to their Associate Dean by Monday, June 18, 2012. In the memorandum: (1) briefly describe the proposed research, (2) list key participating faculty, and (3) cite any program features which should make it particularly competitive for funding.
The memorandum should be countersigned by the relevant department chair/center director to indicate endorsement of the project. After the Dean’s assessment, the memorandum will be forwarded to OSP Executive Director Joan Kirkendall for review and then to the Office of the Vice President for Research for final selection. PIs will be informed if their proposal is selected for submission in time to complete the project budget and process their proposal for final review.
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 A. B. Effgen (email@example.com) or India Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website 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 Research Administrator 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 11-558 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the website 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 email@example.com, or visit the OSP website at http://www.bu.edu/osp.