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NEON Update

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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Update Special guidelines for submitting collaborative proposals under the US NSF/BIO - UK BBSRC Lead Agency Pilot Opportunity have been posted. The new deadline for letters of intent is June 2, 2015.  Click here to see the guidelines and solicitations for this DCL.  Click here for the 2015 BBSRC guidelines.

NEW Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Research Using NEON Data Through the release of a Dear Colleague Letter, the Directorate for Biological Sciences aims to foster and coordinate research that makes use of NEON data and/or samples/specimens by enabling research teams to coordinate their efforts and to address specific questions. For details of this funding opportunity, click here.

NEW Cracking the Olfactory Code – An Ideas Lab Activity A solicitation for an Ideas Lab to facilitate the generation and execution of innovative research projects aimed at understanding the nature of olfactory processing and sensory representations in the brain in general.

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

Dear Colleague Letter: Special Guidelines for Submitting Collaborative Proposals under the US NSF/BIO/DEB - US-Israel BSF International 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

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Posted May 5, 2015

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Posted March 10, 2015

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2
(NSF  15-553) Posted March 6, 2015

Plant Genome Research Program
(NSF  15-548) Posted February 27, 2015

Cracking the Olfactory Code
(NSF  15-547) Posted February 27, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Plant Genome Research Program
(NSF  15-548) Full Proposal: May 27, 2015

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2
(NSF  15-553) Full Proposal: June 3, 2015, Implementation Proposals

Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  14-547) Full Proposal: June 9, 2015

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
(NSF  14-600) Full Proposal: June 16, 2015

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  13-594) Letter of Intent: June 26, 2015

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News See All
Expected increases in drought will affect the U.S. power grid, scientists have found. Drought, heat likely to affect U.S. West's power grid
Released May 18, 2015
Press Release
wolves, some are infected with sarcoptic mange Chronic illness causes less harm when carnivores cooperate
Released May 18, 2015
News From the Field
News thumbnail The BRAIN Initiative
Released June 12, 2013
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
forest As Massachusetts ecosystems shrink, hard-working "hotspots" emerge
Researchers call hotspots valuable, but say their growing numbers might be cause for concern
Released  May 14, 2015

dried trees in a forest Trees turned to snags: "Sudden Oak Death" fells California oaks in their prime
Citizen scientists assist with research on infectious plant disease
Released  May 1, 2015

Events Calendar See All

June 1, 2015  - June 2, 2015
NSF Grants Conference - Tampa, FL
Outreach

June 17, 2015
ADVANCE IT and IT-Catalyst pre-proposal Technical Assistance Webinars
Webcast

June 23, 2015
ADVANCE IT and IT-Catalyst pre-proposal Technical Assistance Webinars
Webcast

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