How To Apply

Step 1: Let us know if you’ll be bringing a colleague

We are offering our popular colleague discount again in 2019! Here’s how it works: bring a colleague who is working on the same project and save $200 on their course fee. Discount applicable only in pairs (2).

Please email Emily at to access the colleague discount.

Step 2: Register and pay through the Digital Data Conference Eventbrite Page – SPRING APPLICANTS ONLY

*Fall applicants- please skip to step #3

Registration is open, and will be handled through the Digital Data Conference Eventbrite page.

On this page you may register for the SBI Course, the iDigBio Conference, or both. If you register for both events, the conference fee is only $50!

While the registration deadline is May 17, 2019, we highly encourage attendees to apply early, space is limited!

Step 3: Fill out our Participant Information Form

Please fill out this form for the June Course.

Please fill out this form for the October Course.

The form is short, consisting of three pages, and should only take a few minutes to complete if you prepare your responses to the short answer questions in advance.  We’ll ask you for some basic contact details and biographical information, some general information about your project (including current and planned funding sources), and you’ll need to answer the following questions, limiting your responses to 100 words or less:

  • Describe your project’s purpose and user base.
  • How is your project valuable to your user community, and to the wider biological research community?
  • What are your current most pressing financial and programmatic sustainability concerns?
  • What do you hope to accomplish at your project by attending the Strategies for Success course?


Once you fill out your participant information form, we will process it and send you a PalPal Invoice.

Who should attend?

Ideal applicants include Directors and Principal Investigators of biological infrastructure projects (such as digital data resources, museum and living stocks collections, field stations, labs, and marine laboratories).

How much will it cost?

The $849 fee includes all course materials, plus lunches and refreshments during the three course days. The course fee does not include accommodation and other meals, or travel to and from the course. If you bring a colleague from the same project, the second course fee is $200 less!

We always strive to hold our courses at facilities with reasonable costs. For reference, participants who stayed onsite at our previous courses in the DC area could purchase a comprehensive meeting package (including dinner, accommodation, and breakfast) for approximately $139 per person, per night.

Many thanks for your interest in the SBI Strategies for Success course!  If you have any questions please contact