Funding

NEON is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is not itself a funding agency. Research related to NEON may be supported through existing funding mechanisms at Federal agencies and through other funding sources.

NEON is a recipient of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. $433 Million has been approved for the 2011 Fiscal Year budget by the Obama administration as of February 2010, dispersed as part of a six-year plan:

FY 2011 $20 million
FY 2012 $87.92 million
FY 2013 $101.07 million
FY 2014 $103.43 million
FY 2015 $86.23 million
FY 2016 $32.07 million

Total: $433.72 million

Cyberinfrastructure TEAM (CI-TEAM)(http://www.nsf.gov/ci-team): Demonstration Projects (at nsf.gov)

Division of Ocean Sciences MARGINS Program(www.nsf-margins.org)

Division of Ocean Sciences Development of Technologies for Coastal Observing Systems and the Study of Benthic Boundary Layer Processes(http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13470)

We search out funding from whatever source would like to donate it. We do not discriminate. Please take a moment to consider donating to our cause. We are always striving to stay on the cutting edge of our field. We try to update our equipment as often as possible even though this is not always possible. If we all just give a very small amount this project could be funded for years. Over the last few years we have been hit hard, just like every other organization who rely in part or in full on government funding to continue operations. There have been major funding cuts every consecutive year for several years and over that time period we have begun to work on a skeleton crew. We have cut employees and shifted funding from all non vital areas. We are only just scraping by, so to speak.

Every now and then some one or some organization steps forward to augment our income. Just recently an online e-commerce site that sells sterling rings and other sterling silver jewelry sent us a donation. The story behind the donation is almost like a fairy tale. Apparently, some one bought one of their modestly priced sterling silver rings as an engagement ring. Six months later, the same man bought the companion sterling silver wedding band to complement the engagement ring. A year later the wedded man who bought the sterling rings won their state lottery. Because the number that were chosen was comprised of the date of the engagement and the date of the wedding, the man felt that their luck in winning was due to what he called the magical rings. The couple wanted to thank the e-commerce store for their good luck with a gift. The owners of the sterling silver jewelry suggested that some of the monies go to the funding of us. Now somewhere along the trajectory of these events there is a fairy godmother pointing her wand and sending out some magic. Really! You can’t make up this stuff.

Imagine a world where we stop looking to the future. Where we stop doing this work as well as all of the other similar projects. Where will mankind be when he refuses to continue to fund his most important feature, his intellect. We will stop moving forward in the evolution process and begin to slowly but surely move backwards. We must remember to always continue pushing ahead with our scientific work as a community. This is the work which holds the potential to save us in the future as it has so many times in the past. Whenever mankind has face a serious threat of annihilation science and technology has taken the necessary steps to rectify the issue. If we do not continue to push that threshold when the time comes that science is called upon for the same to save us in the future as it did in the past, we will not be prepared to effectively solve the problem. The sciences must be kept in high priority in order to maintain our active growth as a people.

Please contact us with any comments or to help our cause.

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