Successful biological research relies on access to a wide range of supporting infrastructure, including digital data resources, living stocks collections, museum collections, and field stations.

Directors of biological infrastructure face a number of challenges to ensure these resources are sustainable for the long-term.  Sustainability is more than merely preserving existing content and services – it means being able to constantly adapt and develop the resource, increasing its value to the user community over time.

We believe that strategic planning, stakeholder analysis, effective communication, and a clear understanding of financial management principles can help biological infrastructure project directors meet their sustainability goals.

This Sustaining Biological Infrastructure (SBI) training initiative, launched by the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) aims to provide project directors with the core business planning, marketing, and communication skills they need to ensure their resource can continue delivering services that are recognized and valued for their contributions to scientific research.