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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

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

Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections
(NSF  15-576) Posted June 2, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Division of Environmental Biology (core programs)
(NSF  15-500) Full Proposal: August 3, 2015

Long Term Research in Environmental Biology
(NSF  15-503) Full Proposal: August 3, 2015

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Full Proposal: August 4, 2015

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems

(NSF  13-600) Full Proposal: August 7, 2015, By Invitation Only

International Research Experiences for Students
(NSF  12-551) Full Proposal: August 18, 2015

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News See All
Jianguo “Jack” Liu Researchers quantify nature's role in human well-being
Released July 24, 2015
News From the Field
big horns Inbreeding not to blame for Colorado's bighorn sheep population decline
Released July 23, 2015
News From the Field
News thumbnail The BRAIN Initiative
Released June 12, 2013
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Discoveries See All
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

Warthogs walking next to people in a village Wildlife species provide clues to spread of antibiotic resistance in Africa
Scientists uncover ways exposure increases, and resistance moves among humans, other animals, ecosystems
Released  July 29, 2015

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August 18, 2015
National Science Foundation at the American Chemical Society Meeting
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August 28, 2015
NSF Day at the University of Alaska Anchorage (POSTPONED)
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November 2, 2015  - November 3, 2015
NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA
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