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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University
Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

PI Eligibility
Texas A&M University faculty, including Agriculture, Engineering and TTI personnel.

Institutional Eligibility
Texas A&M University, Agrilife, TEES and TTI are eligible to submit a proposal and administer any award that follows.

Number of Applications: 3

Biological research collections, including living stock/culture collections and non-living vouchered natural history collections, support many essential research activities in the Biological Sciences. Collections are used to document biodiversity, identify species, recognize climatic shifts, explore alternate energy sources, and improve agricultural, biomedical, and manufacturing applications.

Natural history collections contain records of life on earth that are unique and irreplaceable, including specimens of extinct species and temporal information on changes in the ranges of native and introduced species. Living collections play a key role in the advancement and preservation of biological knowledge by providing well-characterized and documented experimental organisms to researchers at modest cost. Vouchered collections contain the specimen-linked ancillary materials that are created as research techniques advance (including DNA samples, digital images, audio and video files, and frozen tissues). The CSBR program plays an important role in contributing to the security, digitization, and improvements in infrastructure of these biological collections.

The CSBR program is administered by the Division of Biological Infrastructure with the goal of strengthening the infrastructure critical to conducting basic research in areas within the purview of the NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO). In addition to providing support for securing the collections themselves, a high priority is placed on digitizing and integrating collection information and developing innovative methods of improving the safekeeping of scientifically-important collections.

August 12, 2011, 5:00 p.m.:
Deadline for an email of intent. Include the names of the PI and co-PIs, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to

August 17, 2011, 5:00 p.m.: Deadline to submit an internal proposal.

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal, the sections will include a 1-3 page Research Plan Summary, Bio-sketch, and a budget.

All proposals submitted for the Limited Submissions must be submitted electronically using the on-line application system, which is available at:

This site is password protected. Texas A&M University tenure or tenure track faculty may use their neo password to access the system. To change your password go to:, click on "Forget your password?" and enter the email account you used to setup your account.  If you need to setup a new account go to:, click on "Need an eProposal Account," fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.845.1811.

August 22, 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

October 16, 2011: Deadline for the Full proposal.

Internal Selection Procedures
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.