Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science (MSB-NES) Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales

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The Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science (MSB-NES): Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales program will support quantitative, interdisciplinary, systems-oriented research on biosphere processes and their complex interactions with climate, land use, and changes in species distribution at regional to continental scales as well as training activities to broaden participation of researchers in Macrosystems Biology and NEON-Enabled Science.

MSB-NES projects that use data and/or resources from the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) are encouraged. Substantive NEON-enabled projects rely on data and/or samples collected by NEON and/or co-locate research activities at NEON sites. Projects may develop tools that will explicitly enhance the processing, use, and/or analysis of NEON data or collections, in the context of addressing a specific research question or hypothesis. However, proposals primarily focused on tool development that can be used for a broad class of research questions or for topics that meet the needs of a community of researchers should be directed toward the Infrastructure Innovation for Biological Research (Innovation) or Infrastructure Capacity for Biological Research (Capacity) programs in the Division of Biological Infrastructure.

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 15 to 25

Anticipated Funding Amount: $12,000,000

Categories of Awards:

Macrosystems Research Awards (MRA). Awards to advance Macrosystems Biology research broadly, including substantively NEON-enabled research, and innovative training to conduct this research. These awards may be up to 5 years in duration.
Macrosystems Small Awards (MSA). Awards employing targeted approaches to advance understanding of regional to continental-scale processes, addressing a theoretical challenge such as scaling or teleconnections, or for the development or advancement of novel approaches to processing, use and/or analysis of NEON data or collections within the context of Macrosystems Biology research questions. Proposals from early career investigators remain a priority. These awards will be limited to $300,000 and up to 3 years in duration.

Deadline: 01/10/2022