The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology issued letters in support of two National Science Foundation (NSF) biological infrastructure programs that were placed on hiatus for evaluation. In the letters, FASEB described how the Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) and Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) programs uniquely contribute to biological research and cannot be replaced by existing programs at NSF.
FASEB’s letter in support of CSBR expressed concern that the planned hiatus would have a destabilizing effect on the stock centers and natural history collections historically supported through this program. It noted that collections make unique contributions to research in NSF priority areas and emphasized that stable support is necessary to maintain them. To help inform the evaluation and future program planning, FASEB suggested several metrics for assessment and identified opportunities to extend the value of collections.
In its IDBR letter, FASEB commended NSF for its long-standing support of instrumentation development. The Federation also encouraged NSF to maintain its IDBR investment in the future.