MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science

Due Date: 10/16/2017

The National Science Foundation’s MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science program supports research on biological systems at regional to continental scales. They invite proposals from individuals or interdisciplinary teams of scientists to conduct innovative, integrated, systems-oriented macroscale biology ("MacroSystems Biology") research to detect, understand, and forecast the consequences of climate and land use change and invasive species on the biosphere at regional to continental scales. Proposals should address the scales where the ecological research challenges are the greatest and where research has the greatest potential to transform the field of ecology by addressing issues that have long hindered development of large-scale ecological research.

Projects should strive to provide a mechanistic understanding of how multiple scale dynamics contribute to the structure, functioning, and change of the biosphere and lead to the development of a more predictive understanding of ecological change. Proposals should be well grounded in theory, include novel approaches that will result in a theoretical framework for a predictive understanding of macroscale biology, and show great promise for enhancing basic theoretical understandings.

Proposals that make use of current or planned data from the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), develop tools or value-added products from NEON data, or serve to develop a community of users that will make use of NEON data are especially encouraged. In addition to NEON, proposals may leverage existing research networks (i.e., The Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network), research sites (i.e., Critical Zone Observatories - CZO), field stations, synthesis centers, ongoing and proposed academic and federal programs, and research observatories such as the Ocean Observing Initiative (OOI). In all cases, however, proposals must clearly demonstrate how the research will develop fundamentally new knowledge and enhance theory.

The MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON Science program supports research that may include natural, managed, and disturbed ecosystems, including those in terrestrial, freshwater, wetland, coastal (including salt marsh and mangrove), and human-dominated environments.

Proposals are accepted on the third Monday in October each year.

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