Limited Submission Programs - NSF - Improvements to Biological Research Collections (BRC)

Summary of Opportunity
NSF - Improvements to Biological Research Collections (BRC) [PDF]
OSP Deadline 7/20/10
Funding Agency Deadline 7/23/10
Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: The Improvements to Biological Research Collections Program provides funds for improvements to network, secure, and organize established natural history collections for sustained, accurate, and efficient accessibility of the collection to the biological research community.

The BRC program is encouraging collaborative proposals to network collections on regional and continental scales, especially collaborations that bring large and small collections together into networks.  The BRC program also provides for enhancements to existing collections to improve collections, computerize specimen-related data, develop better methods of specimen curation and collection management through activities such as symposia and workshops.

Biological collections supported include those housing natural history specimens and jointly curated collections such as preserved tissues and other physical samples, e.g. DNA libraries and digital images.  Such collections provide the materials necessary for research across broad areas of biological sciences.

Please see the solicitation for complete information.


Proposals are accepted from colleges and universities that maintain research collections, natural history museums including herbaria, and other collections administered by independent organizations or by state, county, or local governments; non-federal and non-profit research organizations that maintain collections; and field stations, marine laboratories, botanical gardens, zoological parks, and aquaria that maintain research collections that document biological diversity.  The size of an organization is not a factor in determining eligibility.    

Applicable Field(s)  
Number of Nominees Allowed Multiple proposals are allowed from UT Austin; the limitation is ONE proposal allowed per individual collection within an organization.
Required Internal Review Documents

Associate Deans or Designates must submit the following materials electronically to no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 (NOTE: submissions directly from PIs will not be accepted):   

  1. Dean's or ORU Director's (or designates) Letter of Nomination with rankings and justification
  2. Two page maximum lay abstract describing the aims of/needs for of the proposed project. 

Each college may submit 1 application for each collection. 

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance Dr. Tim Rowe, Jackson School of Geosciences; Digital Morphology, a digital library
Dr. Jerry Brand, College of Natrual Sciences; Culture Collection of Algae
If you are interested in applying with a separate collection, please contact Courtney Swaney.
Posting Date 4/14/10