• The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) gained final approval from the National Science Board on 5 May 2010. The Board voted to authorize the National Science Foundation (NSF) director to award NEON, Inc. a five year contract to construct the observatory network. Construction can begin once Congress appropriates funding. The President's budget request for fiscal year 2011 includes $20 million for NEON in the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction account of NSF.
  • The White House has announced that it will "streamline" paperwork requirements for federal grantees. New guidelines issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) direct all federal agencies that fund research grants to use a uniform form for collecting annual progress reports from science grantees. "Ensuring that there are common standards across agencies will ensure that researchers spend less time managing paperwork and forms, and more time producing research results across all science and technology fields sponsored by the Federal Government," said OSTP Director Dr. John Holdren.
  • The State Department is seeking expert authors and reviewers for the 5th Global Environment Outlook, a report by the United Nations Environment Programme which assesses the state of earth's natural systems. Experts are needed in the areas of environmental science; environment and development priorities, challenges and policy; and environmental management or governance. For more information, please visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-10842.htm.
  • The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is seeking ideas for program solicitations for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) for fiscal year 2011. These solicitations will be competitively awarded for agricultural research, extension, and education. Comments are due by 7 June 2010. For more information, please visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-10690.htm.


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