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NSF: Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) 2015 Competition

Date Posted: TBA, March 2015
Deadline for Internal Competition:
TBA, April 2015
Agency Deadline for Full Proposal: July 13, 2015
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Limit on Number of Proposals:
Three- KU-L and KUMC: Considered independent organizations.
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Abstract: The 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. Awards are limited to $500,000 for up to three years.

Note that this announcement is more than a year in advance of the agency deadline.
Limited Submission Proposals Procedure:
Pre-Proposal Procedure:
If you plan to submit a pre-proposal, please send notice to rgslimitedsubs@ku.edu one week prior to the internal deadline. This information will assist KU Research in organizing the review committee.
The pre-proposal should include:
  • A three-page narrative: 
    • describing the proposed research including 
      • key personnel and partnerships
    • addressing any special components requested in the agency's solicitation​
    • a generalized yearly budget and 
  • A two-page CV for the PI and all co-investigators including 
    • funding history, current, and pending support

Investigators may include suggestions of faculty members whom they believe are especially well qualified to evaluate pre-proposals for this initiative.

If the number of interested parties exceeds the mandated limit, an internal review committee will be formed to review all preliminary proposals. 

If you have any questions about the solicitation or the process described above, please contact Nancy at rgslimitedsubs@ku.edu or 864-7434.

 Nancy Biles 785-864-7434