About Biological Infrastructure (DBI)

The Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) envisions a robust and resilient national infrastructure that advances fundamental biological research to transform our future.  To realize our vision, we invest in the innovation and capacity-building of cutting-edge research infrastructure for fundamental biological science that includes human capital, technologies, institutes and centers, and mid-to-large scale facilities.

DBI Cluster Descriptions:

Human Resources Cluster

Research Resources Cluster

BIO Centers, Facilities, and Additional Research Infrastructure Cluster (CFARI) Cluster


Funding Opportunities Information:

To discover more information about DBI's programs, please click “Programs” in the left navigation bar.

For information about active DBI funding opportunities including cross-directorate and NSF-wide activities, such as those DBI oversees for BIO (e.g., ADVANCE, NSF INCLUDES, the NSF Research Traineeship Program, the Graduate Research Fellowships program, and the Major Research Instrumentation program), please click "Funding" in the left navigation bar.

For “Dear Colleague Letters,” information about supplements, and BIO's guidance on data management plans, please click "Additional Resources" in the left navigation bar.

Contact Us:

General questions may be directed to our main office phone number: (703) 292-8470. Specific DBI staff members may be contacted via email, please see our staff directory: http://www.nsf.gov/staff/staff_list.jsp?org=DBI&from_org=DBI.

DBI also encourages the community to engage with us through our blog, DBInfo: https://dbiblog.nsfbio.com/.

Media Inquiries:

NSF Public Communications & Media Information: https://www.nsf.gov/news/newsroom.jsp.

Media inquiries should be directed to the NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, Media Relations Team: (703) 292-7090 or media@nsf.gov.

Legislative Inquiries:

Legislative inquiries should be directed to the NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, Division of Legislative Affairs: (703) 292-8070 or Congressionalteam@nsf.gov.

If you're a new visitor to the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) website or just want a quick visual and textual summary of BIO areas of support, please visit the "About" page for the Directorate to access an interactive organization chart.


Home page image credits:

Beakers: Dr. Jerry Brand

Students examining specimens:  Florida Museum of Natural History

NEON tower: NEON, Inc.

Lemurs: Duke Lemur Center/David Haring