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The NSF Biological Research Collections Program provides support for biological collection enhancement, computerization of specimen-related data, research to develop better methods for specimen curation and collection management, and activities such as symposia and workshops to discuss management of biological collections and other subjects designed to improve service to the research community. Biological collections supported include those housing natural history specimens and jointly curated collections such as, frozen tissues, other physical samples (e.g. digital images) and DNA samples (e.g., BAC libraries). Such collections provide the materials necessary for a substantial amount of research on biodiversity, including that on evolutionary relationships, comparative genomics, ecosystem functioning, and biological conservation.

The Biological Research Collections Program provides support for collection enhancement which may include improvements in storage units or the incorporation of specimens from other organizations, collection computerization projects that digitally capture specimen-related data or improve the usefulness of the collection (e.g., by georeferencing data), research on methods to improve curation of specimens or management of collections, and scientific conferences, symposia, and workshops that investigate the management and broader impacts of collections and associated data. Projects should be designed so that the most reasonable economy of scale and cost- and time-efficiency can be achieved.

Because MU is limited in the number of applications that it can make, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research, 203 Jesse Hall, no later than 5:00 pm Friday, July 8, 2005.  Letters of intent should be limited to 3 pages and include a project summary and budget outline.

Amount: up to $500,000
MU Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 8, 2005
NSF Deadline: July 15, 2005

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in life science disciplines. Please forward it to faculty who may be interested.


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