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UHM internal competition guidelines for the NSF-Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) limited submission opportunity are described below. Please circulate to faculty investigators.

Program Synopsis

The NSF 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 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.

Access the full program solicitation at the following URL:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

Three (3). 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 (3) proposals to any one CSBR competition.

UHM Internal Competition:

Pre-proposals for this internal competition should include the following in the order listed below in one PDF file using the filename:  Last name_NSF-CSBR_2017_pdf

1. Cover page. Include the following information:

  1. PI name, position title, department, address, email address, phone number
  2. Name(s) and departmental affiliation(s) of Co-I(s) and collaborators
  3. Proposal title: title should be prefixed with either “CSBR: Natural History:___”, “CSBR: Living Stocks: ___”, or “CSBR: Ownership Transfer:___” (see NSF Program Solicitation)

2. Project summary (Limit 2 pages):

Provide a summary description including proposed aims, significance, and approach addressing the specific information in the proposed Competitive Area, as detailed in the Program Solicitation (see url above).

3. 2-page Biosketch for each PI and Co-PI(s)

Submit the PDF file to by 4:30 PM, Monday, May 15, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, AVCR.

NSF’s Full Proposal due date is August 14, 2017. No letters of Intent nor Preliminary Proposal Submissions are required.

Please note the following June 8, 2016 published update on the CSBR Program

In BIO’s fiscal year 2017 (FY17) budget request, plans were included regarding the evaluation of smaller DBI programs, such as CSBR, with the goal of informing the FY18 budget request. The BIO Directorate is currently performing an internal evaluation of DBI research resource programs, including CSBR, which will be completed in November, 2016. This internal evaluation is an opportunity to assess the important role of CSBR in the context of the Postdoctoral Collections Fellowship program and the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections program, which includes iDigBio. Additionally, the biological collections and research communities have provided very helpful feedback on the CSBR program, and this input will be analyzed and used to assess program needs. The evaluation will be performed by an internal working group, comprising representatives from each of BIO’s divisions and NSF’s Office of Evaluation and Assessment.

The results from the internal evaluation will be used to inform commissioning of a more in-depth evaluation of DBI’s research resource programs, including CSBR. The BIO Directorate recognizes the changes occurring in the biological sciences community regarding infrastructure, specifically data storage, access and analysis. DBI’s programs have overlapping and synergistic goals as well as important connections with the research programs they serve within BIO, so it makes sense to look at all of DBI’s programs in the context of program roles and community needs. An update on the status of the external evaluation will be provided by September 30, 2017.

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