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Research Resources Cluster

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


The Research Resources Cluster includes both the innovation and capacity-building investments in the tools and methods that advance contemporary biology in any research area supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences at NSF. These programs focus on research infrastructure that is applicable to a broad class of biological research questions or topics and that meet the needs of a well-defined community of researchers. 

In particular, the Innovation Program invests in research tools and methods at the innovation stage, where novel resources are conceived and designed in the areas of bioinformatics, instrumentation, or research methods (e.g., lab- or field-based). The Capacity Program invests in resources that are scaled to be made available to many users in the areas of cyberinfrastructure, biological collections, or biological field stations. The Sustaining Program provides support for critical biology resources and promotes a transition to reduce reliance on direct federal support.  The NSF-wide Major Research Instrumentation Program is also managed in the Research Resources Cluster. 

Program contacts

Reed S. Beaman
DBI-RR-Cluster@nsf.gov (703) 292-8470 BIO/DBI
Robert D. Fleischmann
DBI-RR-Cluster@nsf.gov (703) 292-8470
Matthew Herron
DBI-HR-Cluster@nsf.gov (703) 292-8470 BIO/DEB
Jennifer W. Weller
DBI-HR-Cluster@nsf.gov (703) 292-8470 BIO/DBI