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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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW A Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) has been 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

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  16-504) Letter of Intent: May 9, 2016

Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Nodes Program
(NSF  16-539) Full Proposal: May 10, 2016

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

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

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News See All
Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone Researchers find that Earth may be home to 1 trillion species
Released May 2, 2016
Press Release
crabs and fish on the bottom seafloor Evidence points to widespread loss of ocean oxygen by 2030s
Released April 27, 2016
Press Release
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Released June 12, 2013
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
Fish swimming by a healthy coral reef in the Line Islands in the central Pacific Ocean. Too much algae -- and too many microbes -- threaten coral reefs
'Microbialization' destroys reef habitats
Released  April 26, 2016

animation showing a salamander strolling Earth's weird and wonderful animal models
Simple creatures reveal fundamental biological insights
Released  April 21, 2016

Events Calendar See All

November 9, 2015  - December 9, 2016
2016 NRT Informational Webinars
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May 4, 2016
Webinar: Understanding SBIR & STTR Phase I Application Process
Webcast

May 12, 2016
Webinar: Understanding SBIR & STTR Phase I Application Process
Webcast

May 17, 2016
Webinar: Understanding SBIR & STTR Phase I Application Process
Webcast

May 18, 2016
North Dakota's first NSF Day is May 18
Workshop

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