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Astronomical Sciences (AST)

The Portfolio Review

Report of the Portfolio Review Committee Released. (Press Contact: Lisa Van Pay, lvanpay@engelcosmetology.kiev.ua, (703)-292-8796)

Special Announcements

Dear Colleague Letter: National Radio Astronomy Observatory  (NSF 12-087)

Dear Colleague Letter: New Solutions to Create Integrative Data Management Infrastructure(s) for Research Across the Sciences (NSF 12-090)

MPS Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - Graduate Research Supplements (AGEP-GRS) Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 12-021)

MPS/AST: Advice to PIs on Data Management

NSF has published a revised version of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 11-1) that will require, in all proposals submitted , or due, on or after January 18, 2011, a supplementary document of no more than  two pages describing a Data Management Plan for the proposed research.  Fastlane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing the Data Management Plan.  The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal, or both, as appropriate.   The goal is to provide clear, effective, and transparent implementation of the long-standing NSF Policy on Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results. 

Each Division within MPS has developed a set of information items to provide guidance to the communities served by that Division in preparing a Data Management Plan that will meet the goals of the NSF plan.  For more information on the policy and process click here.

For the NSF FAQs on this subject, click here.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

NSF has released plans for allocating funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provides $3 billion in supplemental funding to NSF in the 2009 fiscal year. NSF's Important Notice about these plans is now available at /pubs/issuances/in131.pdf.

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PREST Program

The Program for Research and Education with Small Telescopes (PREST) Programs is no longer receiving Proposals.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

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Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI)
Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG)
Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA)
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
Education and Special Programs (ESP)
bullet Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program NSF Wide Flag
bullet Research Experiences for Undergraduates  (REU) NSF Wide Flag
Electromagnetic Spectrum Management (ESM)
Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS) Crosscutting
Gemini Observatory
Management and Operation of the Virtual Astronomical Observatory
National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC)
National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
National Solar Observatory (NSO)
NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships (AAPF)
NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education (PAARE)
Planning a Partnership Model for a Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope
Program for Research and Education with Small Telescopes (PREST)
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI2)
University Radio Observatories (UROs)
University Radio Observatories Program (AST-URO)

Featured NSF-wide Programs

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers NSF Wide Flag

Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation NSF Wide Flag

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program NSF Wide Flag

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry NSF Wide Flag

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program NSF Wide Flag

Major Research Instrumentation Program: NSF Wide Flag

Partnerships for International Research and Education NSF Wide Flag

Research in Undergraduate Institutions NSF Wide Flag

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  12-604) Posted August 30, 2012

Innovation Corps Teams Program
(NSF  12-602) Posted August 28, 2012

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows
(NSF  12-601) Posted August 27, 2012

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  12-599) Posted August 16, 2012

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students
(NSF  12-498) Posted August 10, 2012


Upcoming Due Dates See All

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  12-569) Full Proposal: September 12, 2012, Deadline for REU Site proposals except for those requiring access to Antarctica

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  12-516) Full Proposal: September 28, 2012

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering
(PD  12-8084) Full Proposal: October 1, 2012, All proposals to Division of Chemistry (Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods)

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  12-563) Full Proposal: October 3, 2012

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  12-584) Letter of Intent: October 5, 2012, Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation and Dissemination (PAID)


Discoveries See All

Image of two white starts orbiting one another. Predicting "Cosmic Fireworks" From Our Own Backyard
Using the largest map of the cosmos ever, astronomers have counted nearby double white dwarfs, stars thought to cause an important type of supernova
Released  March 13, 2012

High-resolution image of a sunspot taken at the Sacramento Peak Observatory, New Mexico. How the Sun Gets Its Spots
To prevent solar damage to communication, navigation and other high tech systems, scientists are determining the temperatures, composition and movement of materials inside the sun
Released  January 7, 2011

Kavli Prize logo Three NSF-Funded Scientists Among Recipients of $3 Million Kavli Prize
Among the latest winners of the Kavli Prize are three scientists who have received NSF funding over the past several years
Released  November 28, 2010

Diagram showing gravitational lensing. Gigantic Gravity "Lenses" Magnify Galaxies Far, Far Away
Submillimeter observatories penetrate cold, dusty galaxies to see stars forming in the primeval past
Released  November 19, 2010




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