Competition for the Management of Operations and Maintenance of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

NEON O&M Competition Solicitation Update

Due to continued uncertainties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Science Foundation (NSF)  is further extending the deadline for full proposals for the competition of management and operations of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) until September 2021. 

This delay puts safety first, while allowing for a fair competition. If you have any questions about the extension, please contact Roland Roberts, NEON Operations Program Director, at

Webinar on NEON O&M Competition

A Webinar about the solicitation (NSF 20-530)  and competition was held on Friday, February 7th, at 2 PM EST. To view the materials, please go to the NEON Webinars Webpage.

Name Email Phone Room
Roland  Roberts (703) 292-7884   
Montona  Futrell-Griggs (703) 292-7162   


Solicitation  20-530

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    September 17, 2021


NSF solicits proposals to manage the operations and maintenance of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), an NSF-funded major 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. 

The managing organization will work closely with NSF and the scientific community to ensure that NEON capabilities support and advance ecology and related sciences.  In cooperation with NSF and within available resources, the awardee will plan and execute a viable, coherent, and inclusive program to support multi-user research and education, consistent with advice of the scientific community and NSF oversight.

A single award will be made as a cooperative agreement with a duration of five years.  NSF may renew the award for an additional five-years, subject to availability of funds, the Awardee's satisfactory performance, and review of a cost proposal for the second 5-year period.  NSF’s decision will be informed by the National Science Board Statement on Recompetition of Major Facilities (NSB 2015-45 or successor).

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program