IBDR supports the development, production and distribution of novel instrumentation that addresses demonstrated needs in biological research in areas supported by NSF Biology programs. Proposals should benefit a broad user community through distribution of the technology and must fall into one of two types:

Type A – Innovation: Proposals for the development of novel instrumentation that provides new research capabilities or, where appropriate, that significantly improves current technologies by at least an order of magnitude in fundamental aspects such as accuracy, precision, resolution, throughput, flexibility, breadth of application, costs of construction or operation, or user-friendliness.

Type B – Bridging: Proposals for transforming ‘one of a kind’ prototypes or high-end instruments into devices that are broadly available and utilizable without loss of capacity.

The exact award amount depends on the availability of funds. Applications are due July 31, 2013. For more information, see the link below: