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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


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

Long Term Research in Environmental Biology
(NSF  16-500) Posted October 2, 2015

Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2016
(NSF  15-611) Posted September 29, 2015

Division of Environmental Biology (core programs)
(NSF  15-609) Posted September 16, 2015

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

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

Upcoming Due Dates See All

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

Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections
(NSF  15-576) Full Proposal: October 9, 2015

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Full Proposal: October 26, 2015, Geosciences; Life Sciences

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Full Proposal: October 27, 2015, Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Engineering; Materials Research

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News See All
two people holding a plant Modeling tool IDs genes that control stress response in plants
Released September 29, 2015
News From the Field
a new data-logging tag, called the ITAG Novel tag developed for squid, jellyfish
Released September 28, 2015
News From the Field
News thumbnail The BRAIN Initiative
Released June 12, 2013
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
man and child look at a rain gauge in a driveway Be a (citizen) scientist!
A celebration of open science and innovation
Released  September 30, 2015

Neurons of a mouse brain Video series: New strategies address one of science's greatest mysteries
36 NSF-funded research teams work to help reveal how neurons team up to produce thoughts and actions
Released  September 23, 2015

Events Calendar See All

September 10, 2015  - January 21, 2016
ADVANCE IT and IT-Catalyst pre-proposal Technical Assistance Webinars

October 15, 2015
Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE)
Advisory Committee Meeting

October 21, 2015  - October 22, 2015
Advisory Committee for Geosciences
Advisory Committee Meeting

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

November 4, 2015
NSF Day at Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia

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Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI)
Broadening Participation Activities
NSF's Career-Life Balance Initiative
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BIO Reports
NSF Strategic Plan: 2011-2016
NSF Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Merit Review (effective Jan. 14, 2013)
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