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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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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.

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

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

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

Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience
(NSF  15-595) Posted July 31, 2015

Advances in Biological Informatics
(NSF  15-582) Posted June 24, 2015

Collections in Support of Biological Research
(NSF  15-577) Posted June 9, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Collections in Support of Biological Research
(NSF  15-577) Full Proposal: September 10, 2015

Advances in Biological Informatics
(NSF  15-582) Full Proposal: September 22, 2015

Coastal SEES
(NSF  14-502) Full Proposal: October 2, 2015

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Letter of Intent: October 5, 2015, Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT Catalyst)

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences
(NSF  13-568) Full Proposal: October 8, 2015

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News See All
group walking through a grass field in Gabon NSF and USAID announce latest round of awards to address global development challenges
Released August 31, 2015
Press Release
Yellowstone wolf Understanding the ecological role of wolves in Yellowstone National Park
Released August 31, 2015
Science Nation
News thumbnail The BRAIN Initiative
Released June 12, 2013
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
Fog over the estuary of the Klamath River along the Pacific Coast. Mercury-laden fog swirls over coastal California, scientists find
Ultimately makes its way into ecosystems along shore
Released  August 26, 2015

animation showing Motyxia bistipita emitting a blue green light. Shedding light on millipede evolution
A Virginia Tech entomologist discusses millipedes that light up, and some really bright ideas inspired by bioluminescence
Released  July 31, 2015

Events Calendar See All

October 2, 2015
Informational Webinar on NSF 15-598, Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI)
Webcast

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

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Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI)
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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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