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Astronomical Sciences (AST)

The Portfolio Review

Dear Colleague Letter: MPS/AST Portfolio Divestment Options (NSF 14-022)

Report of the Portfolio Review Committee Released

Special Announcements

Dear Colleague Letter: Revised Schedule for Recompetition of the Management of the Gemini Observatory (NSF 13-133)

Dear Colleague Letter - National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) (NSF 13-074)

Dear Colleague Letter - Recompetition of the Management of the Gemini Observatory  (NSF 13-031)

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 13-071)

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 http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/issuances/in131.pdf.

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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 Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education  (PAARE)
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 National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
Management and Operation of the Virtual Astronomical Observatory
Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP) (MSIP)
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
Planning a Partnership Model for a Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - SSE & SSI (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting
Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Networks (TCAN)
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

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program NSF Wide Flag

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry NSF Wide Flag

Research in Undergraduate Institutions NSF Wide Flag

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  14-548) Posted March 27, 2014

Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  14-547) Posted March 24, 2014

Sustainability Research Networks Competition
(NSF  14-534) Posted January 29, 2014

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
(NSF  14-532) Posted January 10, 2014

Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum
(NSF  14-529) Posted January 3, 2014


Upcoming Due Dates See All

Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum
(NSF  14-529) Full Proposal: April 18, 2014

Catalyzing New International Collaborations
(NSF  13-605) Full Proposal: April 22, 2014

Sustainability Research Networks Competition
(NSF  14-534) Full Proposal: April 29, 2014

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  14-548) Letter of Intent: May 20, 2014, NRT Letter of Intent

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: May 23, 2014, Deadline for REU Site proposals requiring access to Antarctica. All other REU Site proposals must be submitted to the August REU deadline.


Discoveries See All

montage of images shows the evolution of a white dwarf star Cosmic slurp
Georgia Tech researchers use supercomputers to understand and predict signs of black holes swallowing stars
Released  April 14, 2014

Animation from supercomputer data showing the inner zone of the accretion disk of a black hole Let there be light
Simulations on NSF-supported supercomputer re-create X-rays emerging from the neighborhood of black holes
Released  February 18, 2014

simulation showing hydrodynamic instability of dark matter Heavy metal in the early cosmos
Simulations shed light on the formation and explosion of stars in the earliest galaxies
Released  January 22, 2014

Researcher Dina Katabi and her students Innovative technology addresses wireless interference
Researcher has developed new tools and programs that enhance speed, efficiency and security of data transmission
Released  December 16, 2013




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