Improvements to Biological Research Collections (BRC) Program
The Incentive Funds Program in the Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Improvements to Biological Research Collections (BRC) program.
Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline: Monday, April 26, 2010
NSF Full Proposal Target Date(s):
July 23, 2010
Information: Debbie Delmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 737-8390
The program limits to one (1) the number of proposals from any individual collection that can be submitted by Oregon State University in any single round of the BRC competition.
In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than one proposal is submitted. The finalist will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their proposal to the NSF-BRC program.
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.
Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office:
- Title of Project
- Describe the proposed collection improvement, computerization, techniques research, or other activity and its impact on the use of the collection and its information resources by science and other sectors of society, long-term management, and public outreach capabilities of the collection.
- Describe evidence of the collection’s importance to research or biological conservation on a regional, national, or international scale, long-term commitment by the home organization to the collection in terms of staffing and operational support, and information related to the management of the collection.
- Budget being requested.
- Be limited to three (3) pages.
- Be submitted electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to:email@example.com