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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 – Optics and Photonics (NSF 14-091)

Management and Operation of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) (NSF 14-568)

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)

MPS Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - Graduate Research Supplements (AGEP-GRS) Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 13-071)

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

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

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

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

Key: Crosscutting Crosscutting | NSF Wide Flag NSF-wide

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 Gemini Observatory
Management and Operation of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
Management and Operation of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
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
bullet Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects  (PHY)
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

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: NSF Wide Flag

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
(NSF  14-600) Posted August 13, 2014

Management and Operation of the Gemini Observatory
(NSF  14-594) Posted August 7, 2014

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  14-590) Posted August 1, 2014

Partnerships for International Research and Education
(NSF  14-587) Posted July 21, 2014

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions:
(NSF  14-579) Posted July 1, 2014


Upcoming Due Dates See All

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: August 27, 2014, Deadline for REU Site proposals except those requiring access to Antarctica

Management and Operation of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory
(NSF  14-568) Letter of Intent: September 4, 2014

Innovation Corps Teams Program
(NSF  12-602) Full Proposal: September 15, 2014

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Full Proposal: September 22, 2014, Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks: Institutions of Higher Education (PLAN IHE)

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  13-594) Full Proposal: September 26, 2014, Planning Grant and Full Center Proposal


Discoveries See All

Alison Coil Exploring dramatic changes in galaxies
Scientist hopes to uncover physical process behind the changes, including cosmic webs and supermassive black holes
Released  July 11, 2014

Visualization of a rotating and highly magnetized progenitor star Everything is better in 3-D
Supercomputer-powered supernova simulations shed light on distant explosions
Released  July 2, 2014

color-composite image of red dwarf stars Red dwarf stars tell us how planets form
Researcher uses computer models to test how stars form and to improve modeling and predictions
Released  June 13, 2014

image of a new Earth-sized planet Earth-sized exoplanet discovery
Gemini confirms Earth-sized planet
Released  April 17, 2014




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