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National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

Special Announcements

March 16, 2015:

  • 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

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. To see the press release of the new awards, click here.

Name Email Phone Room
Steve  Ellis (703) 292-7876   
Roland  P. Roberts (703) 292-7884   


The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is an NSF-funded large facility project. NEON comprises terrestrial, aquatic, atmospheric, and remote sensing measurement infrastructure and cyberinfrastructure that deliver standardized, calibrated data to the scientific community through a single, openly accessible data portal. NEON infrastructure is geographically-distributed across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, and will generate data for ecological research over a 30 year period.

NEON is designed to enable the research community to ask and address their own questions on a regional to continental scale around the environmental challenges identified as relevant to understanding the effects of climate change, land-use change and invasive species patterns on the biosphere.

The NSF NEON program, which is part of the Centers and Cooperative Agreements Cluster in the Division of Biological Infrastructure, manages the NEON award in collaboration with the NSF Large Facilities Office and the NSF Division of Acquisition and Cooperative Support.

To learn more about NEON and related funding opportunities, visit:


NSF Contact Information
Dr. Steven Ellis, Program Director, BIO DBI, 703-292-8470,

Montona Futrell-Griggs, Project Manager, BIO DBI, 703-292-8470,

Dr. Timothy Kratz, Program Director, BIO DBI, 703-292-8470,

Robert Paulos, Program Director, BIO OAD, 703-292-8400,

Dr. Roland Roberts, Program Director, BIO DBI, 703-292-8470,


Related Web Sites


NEON Science Home Page -


MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science

Research Coordination Networks (RCN)

NSF Discoveries Article on NEON

TERN-NEON Partnership

Archival NEON Environmental Assessment Information

Archived Webcast of NEON Prospective PI Meeting

Press Release 11-157 NSF Awards Construction Funding to National Ecological Observatory Network