Request Prototype Frozen Soil Samples

Currently available: Frozen soils from two prototype studies

These samples has been inspected to ensure container integrity and sufficient sample labeling; however, the disposition and quantities of soil on a per sample basis is variable, and samples are provided as-is. Samples are available for a limited time on a first-come, first-served basis; and they may be requested for scientific and/or educational purposes. Requestors are responsible for packaging and shipping costs.

Click the link above to download a spreadsheet of information that will help you with requesting samples and locating the metadata. Please note that samples can be requested as a set or individually. If requesting an entire sample set, sampleIDs are not required. This prototype study was conducted over 5 time points between 2009-2010 at 3 extant NEON sites (BONA, ONAQ, OSBS) and a previous site in Hawaii (Laupahoehoe). The samples have been stored at -80°C following sample collection and processing. A suite of metadata are also available in the Prototype Data section of the NEON data portal.

Click the link above to download a spreadsheet of information that will help you with requesting samples and locating the metadata. Please note that samples can be requested as a set or individually. If requesting an entire sample set, sampleIDs are not required. This prototype study was conducted at Harvard Forest (HARV) in July, 2012. Samples were collected as part of a joint microbial-biogeochemical sampling effort, and a subset of samples were characterized functionally using metatranscriptomics. The samples have been stored at -80°C following sample collection and processing. A suite of metadata are also available in the Prototype Data section of the NEON data portal. 

Permit requirements

Before filling out the form below, all requesters must have a Permit to Receive Soil (PPQ 525) from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS), or from an equivalent international service. Find information about the permit at the APHIS website. The NEON soil permit prohibits Battelle from sending soil to laboratories that do not have an active permit.

Considerations for approval

Any amount of material may be requested.  All requests will undergo a review process to evaluate the scientific justifications by three members of the NEON project science staff. The NEON project evaluates requests to ensure that

  1. A legitimate research use is the basis for the request;
  2. The use of these soil samples is important for achieving well-defined research goals; and
  3. Soil samples will be analyzed within a reasonable period of time – i.e., consistent with underlying research goals

In order to comply with our soil permit, NEON requests permission in advance from USDA-APHIS to ship soil samples. 

To complete this request form, you must include:

  1. Your full name and affiliation
  2. A copy of your USDA-APHIS permit to receive soil
  3. A brief project objective, description and justification for the use of NEON samples
  4. A list of each analysis you will perform, the quantity of soil required for each analysis and a justification for the quantity used in each analysis
  5. A list of requested samples

Requests will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow 30-60 days for the processing of all requests. If you have any questions, please email the NEON Archival Samples Team.

Please upload a description and justification for your request for NEON samples that includes:

  1. A brief project objective, description and justification for the use of NEON samples
  2. A list of analyses you will perform
  3. A detailed list of requested samples
Accepted file types include .doc, .docx and .pdf. Maximum upload size is 2MB.

Citation and Data Agreement

By submitting a request, requestors agree to:

  1. Report all publications, presentations or other derived products resulting from the use of these soil samples to the NEON project at the contacts listed above;
  2. Acknowledge the NEON project as the provider of samples in any publication or presentation resulting from the request, regardless of authorship; and
  3. Submit any data resulting from the use of these samples to the NEON project within one year of receipt of the samples or other time period mutually agreed upon.
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