Sustaining Infrastructure for Biological Research (Sustaining)

Award Info:

Estimated Number of Awards: 1 to 3

Approximately 1-3 new awards will be made per year.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $5,000,000

Approximately $5 Million is anticipated for this activity. Funding levels for awards vary and are contingent upon availability of funds and demand for sustained resources


The Sustaining Infrastructure for Biological Research Program (Sustaining) supports the continued operation of existing research infrastructure that advances contemporary biology in any research area supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) at NSF. The Sustaining Program focuses primarily on sustaining critical research infrastructure that is cyberinfrastructure or biological living stocks and that is broadly applicable to a wide range of researchers. Projects are expected to ensure continued availability of existing, mature resources that will enable important science outcomes achieved by users representing a broad range of research supported by BIO and its collaborating organizations.

The Sustaining Program is an operation and maintenance funding opportunity, which differs from other programs in the Division of Biological Infrastructure in that it does not provide funds for research or development leading to new capabilities or features, methods, or tools.