NSF: CSBR - Collections in Support of Biological Research

The Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) Program provides funds: 1) for improvements to secure 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 to the biological research community; and 3) to transfer ownership of collections.

The CSBR program provides for enhancements that secure and improve existing collections, improves the accessibility of 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.

Number of Applications
3 proposals per institution; 1 proposal per collection
Amount of Funding

Anticipated award amount around $225,000 in total costs


Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

Submission Process

Step 1

Internal Letters of Intent (LOI's) must be one PDF document.

The single PDF document should be one page containing:

  • PI Name,
  • PI Department/Division and School/College,
  • Project title, and
  • Brief summary of the unifying thematic focus for the project.

The single PDF document should also include:

  • PI's NSF or NIH style biosketch.

This LOI should be submitted no later than 5:00pm EST on May 15, 2017.

Materials should be submitted as a single PDF attachment to an email sent to Stephanie Endy at stephanie.endy@case.edu.

Step 2

Final nominee will be notified of their selection by May 26, 2017.

Step 3

Final proposal due in the appropriate Research Administration office by 5:00pm EST on August 7, 2017.

Step 4

Final proposal due to Sponsor no later than 5:00pm EST on August 14, 2017.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
05/15/2017 05/26/2017 08/07/2017 08/14/2017 CLOSED