The National Science Foundation (NSF) placed two programs that fund biological infrastructure on hiatus for evaluation. NSF will not accept proposals for its Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) and Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) programs during fiscal year (FY) 2016, and no new awards will be made in FY 2017 for either program.
CSBR provides support for living collections such as stock centers, natural history collections, and tissue repositories. IDBR funds early- to late-stage development of devices needed in the biological research areas supported by NSF.
Investigators, facilities, scientific societies, and other stakeholders can submit comments regarding either program to help inform the evaluation process. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology suggests that commenters describe the programs’ value to the research and education communities. Additional information about the CSBR hiatus and how to submit feedback can be found on DBInfo, the blog of the NSF Division of Biological Infrastructure.