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INFLUENCING NEW DIRECTIONS

NSF offers a rare opportunity for scientists, engineers, and educators to join us as temporary program directors - called rotators. Rotators make recommendations about which proposals to fund; influence new directions in the fields of science, engineering, and education; support cutting-edge interdisciplinary research; and mentor junior research members.

OVERVIEW

What Is An NSF Rotator?

What Is An NSF Rotator?

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NSF offers a rare opportunity for scientists, engineers, and educators to join us as temporary program directors - called rotators. Rotators make recommendations about which proposals to fund; influence new directions in the fields of science, engineering, and education; support cutting-edge interdisciplinary research; and mentor junior research members.

Rotator Benefits and Opportunities

Rotator Benefits and Opportunities

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As a rotator, you will be in a prime position to collaborate with others and increase your visibility as you survey the entire breadth of U.S. and international science, engineering, and education in real time. Rotators also have the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills and mentor the next generation of science and engineering leaders all while retaining your ties to your current institution and returning to it with new insights and experience for your team.

Rotator Term Length

Rotator Term Length

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You can become a rotator either as a Visiting Scientist, Engineer, and Educator (VSEE) or as an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignee. While rotators can come on temporary assignment under the IPA program for up to four years, most rotating assignments last one to two years.

Rotator Responsibilities

Rotator Responsibilities

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Program directors oversee the National Science Foundation's "gold standard" merit review process and may help define new funding opportunities. Key responsibilities include interacting with potential principal investigators, forming and facilitating merit review panels, and recommending funding decisions. Program directors have the opportunity to be involved with a broad spectrum of national scientific programs and initiatives that ultimately increase intellectual awareness and enhance professional growth.

MOVING TO THE AREA

Rotator Spouse Employment

Rotator Spouse Employment

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Spouses can apply for open positions at NSF, but NSF cannot guarantee placement for them. NSF maintains membership with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, which helps dual career couples seeking employment in higher education.

Working and Living in Washington DC

Working and Living in Washington DC

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What is it like living and working in the Washington, DC metropolitan area?

The Washington, DC metropolitan area offers a host of both professional and personal development opportunities. NSF provides local area information on its Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/about/career_opps/local.jsp.

What type of assistance does NSF provide to rotators to help locate housing when they relocate to Arlington, VA?

NSF cannot offer direct service in locating housing for its rotators. NSF does provide housing information and local county information on its Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/about/career_opps/local.jsp.

APPLYING AND BECOMING A ROTATOR AT NSF

Rotator Application Process

Rotator Application Process

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For more information about upcoming opportunities to serve as a rotator, visit the NSF career opportunities website. You also may want to speak with existing rotators to hear more about their experience at NSF.

Continue Your Research

Continue Your Research

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May I continue my research while at NSF?

NSF has an Independent Research/Development (IR/D) program that permits individuals with approved IR/D plans to maintain involvement with their professional research. IR/D plans might include time, travel expenses, and research costs, and must be approved in advance (typically annually) by the supervisor and the human resources and legal staffs.

Can I submit a proposal for NSF funds as a rotator?

You can only submit a proposal for NSF funds if it is a continuation or extension of previously funded NSF work. Certain other restrictions may apply.

While I am at NSF as a rotator, can I apply for funding from other Federal agencies?

You can apply for funding from other Federal agencies if those agencies permit; however, NSF does place some restrictions on such funding. If you wish to pursue such funding, contact your NSF Conflict of Interest Official for further guidance.

After I leave my rotator position, how long do I have to wait to apply for NSF funding?

You can apply the very next day as the principal investigator, as long as you assign a substitute negotiator for 1 year.

Learning Experience and "Take-Aways"

Learning Experience and "Take-Aways"

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Your key take aways from being a rotator at NSF may vary depending on your personal and professional development goals.