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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

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.  

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.

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

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

Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science & Engineering
(NSF  15-544) Posted February 19, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development
(NSF  15-538) Full Proposal: April 27, 2015

Cracking the Olfactory Code
(NSF  15-547) Preliminary Proposal: May 1, 2015, Due date for preliminary proposal

Long Term Ecological Research
(NSF  15-535) Full Proposal: May 6, 2015

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  15-542) Full Proposal: May 6, 2015, Applies to both tracks

Partnerships for International Research and Education
(NSF  14-587) Full Proposal: May 15, 2015

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News See All
Scientist in a field Earth Day: Disease spread among species is predictable
Released April 22, 2015
Press Release
Noodle, a female baboon from Kenya Big butts aren't everything to male baboons
Released April 20, 2015
News From the Field
News thumbnail The BRAIN Initiative
Released June 12, 2013
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
Collage of images showing algae in alakes and researcher Earth Day is on the horizon. But is 'greener' always better?
Not when it's the bright green waters of algae-fouled lakes and rivers
Released  April 15, 2015

Students during graduation ceremony at Navajo Technical University NSF named a "Top 50 STEM Workplace" for Native Americans by AISES
American Indian Science and Engineering Society recognizes NSF's support of tribal colleges and universities
Released  April 3, 2015

Events Calendar See All

March 16, 2015  - May 6, 2015
2015 NRT Informational Webinars
Outreach

May 20, 2015
NSF Day at Texas Tech
Workshop

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

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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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