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Division of Biological Infrastructure

Research Resources Cluster:
    Computational Biology     Activities

    Biological Databases and     Informatics

    Biological Research     Collections

    Living Stock Collections

    Multi-User Equipment

    Instrument Development

    Major Research     Instrumentation

    Field Stations and Marine

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Plant Genome Research Program

Crosscutting Programs:
    Integrative Graduate     Education and Research     Training (IGERT)

    Graduate Teaching Fellows in     K-12 Education (GK-12)


    Major Research     Instrumentation (MRI)

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Cluster for Research Resources

Computational Biology Activities

Support for Computational Biology Activities is no longer administered through a single program. Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals to the BIO Divisions most closely related to their field of study.

Biological Databases and Informatics (BD&I)

Encourages support of new approaches to the management of biological knowledge that render the collection, maintenance, dissemination and query of the data and information therein of greater utility to the scientific community.

Target Date: Second Monday in July & January Annually
Program Announcement: NSF 02-058
Point of Contact: DBI Program Officer

In addition to the BD&I initiative described above, in FY2003 the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding to participate in a new program, “Tools for Collaborations that Involve Data Sharing.” More information ...

Biological Research Collections

Provides support in: collection improvement; collection computerization; research on curatorial and collection management techniques; and community-based development activities. Supplements are also provided to underwrite the involvement of undergraduate and high school students in collections-based research.

Target Date: Third Friday in July Annually
Program Solicitation: NSF 04-571
Point of Contact: DBI Program Officer

Support of Living Stock Collections

Supports repositories of research organisms, genetic stocks, and seeds, as well as cell lines and DNA clones that are associated with the whole organisms in the collection. The resources supported by this program are considered essential for national or international scientific research in the biological sciences. Funds are also provided for curatorial databases and for linking the information associated with the collection to other information resources or scientific databases. Long-term support of a collection or repository will require the development and use of such databases.

Target Date: First Tuesday in July Annually
Program Announcement: NSF 97-80
Point of Contact: DBI Program Officer

Multi-User Biological Equipment and Instrumentation Resources (MUE)

Provides support for the purchase of major items of instrumentation (funding ranging from $40,000 to $400,000) that will be shared by a number of investigators having actively-funded research projects in areas supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences. It is expected that some of the identified users have active NSF support. The MUE program will give priority to proposals that involve multiple identified users with active NSF support.

RUI Proposals to Multi-User Biological Equipment and Instrumentation Resources

MUE (NSF 98-137) accepts proposals through the Research in Undergraduate Institutions program (NSF 00-144). The MUE program requires that one of the PIs have active NSF research funding. NSF recognizes that research in NSF-funded areas at RUI institutions is often supported by other sources. Therefore, for RUI institutions, the Program makes an exception to the requirement for active NSF research funding, provided that (1) the user group is conducting research in NSF-supported areas and (2) the user group is able to show adequate research support from other funding sources (e.g., private foundations or institutional research support) to support the proposed research activities.

Target Date: First Monday in October Annually
Program Announcement: NSF 98-137
Point of Contact: DBI Program Officer

Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR)

Supports the development of new instrumentation that will increase the accuracy, range, or sensitivity of observations for BIO research fields including: development of concept and proof of concept for an entirely new instrument; development of new instruments that will provide new capabilities or significantly extend currently achievable sensitivity or resolution; and improved or novel software for the operation of instruments or the analyis of data or images.

Target Date: Last Monday in August Annually
Program Announcement: NSF 98-119
Point of Contact: DBI Program Officer

Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)

The MRI Program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation by U.S. institutions that is, in general, too costly for support through other NSF programs. The maintenance and technical support associated with these instruments are also supported. Proposals may be for a single instrument, a large system of instruments, or multiple instruments that share a common research focus.

Deadline Date: Fourth Thursday in January Annually
Program Solicitation: NSF 04-511
Point of Contact: Dr. Mark Farmer
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Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment for Research at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML)

Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSMLs) are off-campus facilities for research and education conducted in the natural habitats of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. FSMLs support biological research and education by preserving access to study areas and organisms, by providing facilities and equipment in close proximity to those study areas, and by fostering an atmosphere of mutual scientific interest and collaboration in research and education. To fulfill these roles, FSMLs must offer modern laboratories and educational spaces, up-to-date equipment, appropriate personal accommodations for visiting scientists and students, and modern communications and data management systems for a broad array of users. In recognition of the importance of FSMLs in modern biology, NSF invites proposals that address these general goals of FSML improvement.

Deadline: April 13, 2004 and First Friday in March Annually thereafter
Program Solicitation:
NSF 04-543
Point of Contact: DBI Program Officer

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