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NEON Update

March 16, 2016:

  • NSF has completed our process for selecting the new managing organization of NEON and have chosen Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle). The National Science Board fully supported this decision and authorized the Director to make an award to Battelle. An initial cooperative agreement is now in place.
  • Battelle will quickly assume full management responsibility for the project. This initial award establishes a 90-day transition period where the final costs to construct and operate NEON will be negotiated with NSF. This has always been NSF’s plan, since costs presented during selection could only be provisional given the urgent need to get new management in place.
  • Additional detail will be provided in the near future.


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

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


NEW A Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) was released announcing NSF's participation in the National Microbiome Initiative. The DCL highlights NSF BIO’s vision and approach to support and encourage microbiome research across the phylogenetic spectrum and biological scales; from host – microbe interactions to ecosystems. NSF BIO also fosters the development of a national research infrastructure to support collaborative science on microbiomes. See the DCL for more information (May 2016).

A Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) was released announcing the intention to foster the development of a national research infrastructure for neuroscience (National Brain Observatory) to support collaborative and team science for achieving a comprehensive understanding of the brain in action and context. See the DCL for more information. (February 2016)

A revised IOS Core Programs solicitation, NSF 16-505, replaces NSF 13-600 (October 2015). The revised solicitation includes two significant programmatic changes:

  • Proposals in the area of plant-biotic interactions should no longer be submitted through the IOS Core Programs solicitation to the Symbiosis, Defense and Self-recognition (SDS) program. These proposals will now be accepted for review by a new program, Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI), jointly supported and managed by NSF IOS and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
  • The revised IOS Core Programs solicitation includes two tracks for proposal submission. The Core track remains essentially unchanged from the description in the previous IOS solicitation (NSF 13-600), except for the changes described above related to the SDS Program. Proposals submitted to the EDGE (Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools) track should focus on development of functional genomic tools, approaches and associated infrastructure to enable genome manipulation in diverse, emerging model organisms and must include training and rapid dissemination plans.

See the IOS home page for more details.

Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  16-557) Posted March 31, 2016

Plant-Biotic Interactions
(NSF  16-551) Posted March 7, 2016

Innovation Corps- National Innovation Network Sites Program
(NSF  16-547) Posted February 26, 2016

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science
(NSF  16-544) Posted February 22, 2016

Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Nodes Program
(NSF  16-539) Posted February 11, 2016

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Innovation Corps- National Innovation Network Sites Program
(NSF  16-547) Full Proposal: May 25, 2016

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: May 27, 2016, Deadline for REU Site proposals requiring access to Antarctica. All other REU Site proposals must be submitted to the August REU deadline.

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

(NSF  16-505) Full Proposal: June 1, 2016, EDGE Track

Plant-Biotic Interactions
(NSF  16-551) Full Proposal: June 6, 2016

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science
(NSF  16-544) Full Proposal: June 24, 2016, Design and Development Launch Pilots

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News See All
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Released May 20, 2016
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Released May 17, 2016
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Released June 12, 2013
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A celebration of NSF-funded research
Released  May 10, 2016

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'Microbialization' destroys reef habitats
Released  April 26, 2016

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November 9, 2015  - December 9, 2016
2016 NRT Informational Webinars

May 23, 2016  - May 25, 2016
National SBIR Conference

May 24, 2016
Webinar: Understanding SBIR & STTR Phase I Application Process

May 26, 2016
NSF CAREER Program Webinar

June 1, 2016
Webinar: Understanding SBIR & STTR Phase I Application Process

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