OSP FO# 13-015

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/ Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)/Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI)

PROGRAM: Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)

OBJECTIVES: 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.

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. One organization may not submit more than three proposals to any one CSBR competition.

BU Internal Deadline: June 3, 2013
Full Proposal Deadline: July 16, 2013

FUNDING INFORMATION: The CSBR program expects approximately $6 million biennially, pending availability of funds. Awards are limited to $500,000 for up to three years. Numbers of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

Anne M. Maglia, Program Director
Directorate of Biological Sciences
Division of Biological Infrastructure
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8470
Fax: (703) 292-9063
Email: dbibrc@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13557/nsf13557.htm

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen potential proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a preliminary proposal should provide the following proposal information to their Associate Dean by Monday, June 3, 2013 for internal review purposes:

1. Project description (maximum length 5 pages) should include items a and b:
a)  briefly describe the project vision, goals, and work to be undertaken;
b)  address the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed activity (the NSF Merit Review criteria).
2. Budget and budget justification and matriculation plan (2 pages).
3. Biographical sketches: include 2-page NSF format biographical sketch for PI and Co-PIs.

Following the Dean’s assessment of the internal application, it will be forwarded to India Adams in Sponsored Programs and then to the Office of the VP for Research for final selection. PIs will be informed if their proposal is selected for submission in time to complete 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 (abeffgen@bu.edu) or India Adams (adamsi@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 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 13-557 and NSF GPG 13-1) 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 ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP website at http://www.bu.edu/osp.