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NEON Update

DCL: Stimulating Research Using NEON Data Awards:  To see the press release of the new awards, click here.

Revisions have been made to the National Ecological Observatory Network website.  See what's new here.

BIO NEON Frequently Asked Questions - http://go.usa.gov/3jvqe


NEW Cracking the Olfactory Code: To advance our broader understanding of the nature of olfactory processing and sensory representations in the brain in general, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded more than $15 million for three projects to research the intricacies of olfaction. For more information about the awards click here.

New Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO - US-Israel BSF International Opportunity. Click here for details for the DEB funding opportunity; click here for the IOS funding opportunity; and click here for the MCB funding opportunity.

Special guidelines for submitting collaborative proposals under the US NSF/BIO - UK BBSRC Lead Agency Pilot Opportunity have been posted. Click here to see the guidelines and solicitations for this DCL.  Click here for the 2015 BBSRC guidelines.

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/DEB - UK NERC Lead Agency Opportunity.  Click here for details regarding this funding opportunity

A Dear Colleague Letter encouraging the submission of proposals to the I/UCRC funding opportunity in the fields of engineering biology and cellular biomanufacturing has been released. Read more here.  

Please see the most recent Dear Colleague Letter: Preparing Applications to Participate in Phase I Ideas Labs on Undergraduate STEM Education.

Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Long Term Research in Environmental Biology
(NSF  16-500) Posted October 2, 2015

Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2016
(NSF  15-611) Posted September 29, 2015

Division of Environmental Biology (core programs)
(NSF  15-609) Posted September 16, 2015

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Posted August 3, 2015

Long-Term Ecological Research
(NSF  15-596) Posted July 31, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Full Proposal: October 26, 2015, Geosciences; Life Sciences

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Full Proposal: October 27, 2015, Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Engineering; Materials Research

Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience
(NSF  15-595) Full Proposal: October 29, 2015

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Full Proposal: October 29, 2015, Psychology; Social Sciences; STEM Education and Learning

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Full Proposal: October 30, 2015, Chemistry; Mathematical Sciences; Physics and Astronomy

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News See All
artist rendition of a dinosaur with eggs and two babies Research sheds new light on 150-year-old dinosaur temperature debate
Released October 13, 2015
Press Release
NSF logo Public Access to Results of NSF-funded Research
Released October 8, 2015
Special Report
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Released June 12, 2013
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
A siphonophore glides through the sea. Clues to future of undersea exploration may reside inside a jellyfish-like creature
Siphonophore holds secrets of oceanic "jet propulsion"
Released  October 7, 2015

burnt trees in a forest Future wildfires may burn large parts of landscapes
Scientists look back at fire history to see into the future
Released  October 6, 2015

Events Calendar See All

September 10, 2015  - January 21, 2016
ADVANCE IT and IT-Catalyst pre-proposal Technical Assistance Webinars

October 15, 2015
Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE)
Advisory Committee Meeting

October 21, 2015  - October 22, 2015
Advisory Committee for Geosciences
Advisory Committee Meeting

November 2, 2015  - November 3, 2015
NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA

November 3, 2015
NSF Day at Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia

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Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI)
Broadening Participation Activities
NSF's Career-Life Balance Initiative
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NSF Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Merit Review (effective Jan. 14, 2013)
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