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Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences

Anja Stromme, 703-292-8529
Room 775S

Apply to PD 98-1521 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via NSF Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

Important Notice to Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.

A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

There are no deadlines or target dates for proposals sent in to any of the Upper Atmospheric Research Section (UARS) base programs. However, we recommend that PIs try to send in proposals early in the fiscal year. Certain special programs within UARS do have deadlines for proposal submissions.

The Aeronomy program supports research on upper and middle atmosphere phenomena of ionization, recombination, chemical reaction, photo emission, and transport; the transport of energy, and momentum.  This program also supports research into mass in the mesosphere-thermosphere-ionosphere system including the processes involved and the coupling of this global system to the stratosphere below and magnetosphere above and the plasma physics of phenomena manifested in the coupled ionosphere-magnetosphere system, including the effects of high-power radio wave modification.

About the Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) Program

The CEDAR concept originated in the mideighties and was developed over several years through workshops, symposia, and committee deliberations by nearly 100 scientists involved in aeronomical studies. These activities led to a comprehensive report that provided a framework for developing upper atmospheric research in the United States through an evolutionary strategy of instrument development and deployment coordinated with campaign activities related to the global scale, coupled, near earth environment. The program has attracted a large number of graduate students and many international collaborators. Guidance is provided by a science steering committee appointed by the NSF Aeronomy and Upper Atmospheric Facilities program directors; scientific feedback to the community is provided by newsletters and an annual summer workshop.

Three broad categories embrace the scientific goals of the CEDAR program: (1) dynamics and energetics of the upper atmosphere, with particular emphasis on the hard to observe region between 80 and 150 km; (2) coupling between the mesosphere, ionosphere, thermosphere, exosphere, and magnetosphere; and (3) horizontal coupling between adjacent geographic regions. CEDAR has provided the community with improved spectrometers, interferometers, and imagers; allowed upgrades of existing facilities; and supported the development of lidars and small radars. Several facilities have been established containing a broad array of state of the art tools to provide a solid infrastructure with which to attack outstanding aeronomy problems well into the future. A report has recently been prepared that summarizes the results from the first five years of CEDAR funding.

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What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)


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