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Solicitation 12-535

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.

The Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes (PASI) Program is a jointly supported initiative between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes are short courses ranging in length from ten to twenty-one days, involving lectures, demonstrations, research seminars, and discussions at the advanced graduate, post-doctoral, and junior faculty level.

PASIs aim to disseminate advanced scientific and engineering knowledge and stimulate training and cooperation among researchers of the Americas in the mathematical, physical, and biological sciences, the geosciences, the computer and information sciences, and the engineering fields. Proposals in other areas funded by NSF may be considered on an ad hoc basis as long as they are multidisciplinary; in this case, lead investigators must consult with the PASI Program before proposal submission.

This program provides educational opportunities for

Graduate Students,

Postdoctoral Fellows


This program provides indirect funding for students at this level or focuses on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention. To inquire about possible funding opportunities not directly from NSF, please look at the active awards for this program.

PASI on Scalable, Functional Nanomaterials, Costa Rica, August 2011
PASI on Process Modeling and Optimization for Energy and Sustainability, Brazil, July 2011
PASI on New Frontiers in Seismological Research: Sustainable Networks, Earthquake Source Parameters, and Earth Structure, Ecuador, July 2011
PASI on Tropical ecology & Biogeochemistry, from Andean Cloud Forest to the Lowland Amazon, Perú, June/July 2011
PASI on Electronic Properties of Complex Systems, Colombia, June 2011
PASI on Frontiers in Imaging Science, Colombia, June 2011
PASI on Advanced Tunicate Biology: Integrating Modern and Traditional Techniques for the Study of Ascidians, Panama, June 2011
Scientific computing in the Americas: the challenge of massive parallelism, Chile, January 2011
PASI on Volcanic Hazards and Remote Sensing in Pacific Latin America, Costa Rica, Jan 2011
PASI on Concepts and Model Organisms in Regenerative Biology, Chile, November 2010
PASI on Dynamics and Chemistry of the Upper Atmosphere, Argentina, October 2010
PASI on Rare Nuclear Isotopes, Brazil, August 2010
PASI on Expanding the Frontier in Tropical Ecology through Embedded Sensors, Costa Rica, Aug 2010
PASI on Function and Regulation of the Cytoskeleton, Brazil, Aug 2010
PASI on Cutting-edge Topics in Theoretical Statistics and Applications in Genetics and Bioinformatics, Mexico, June-July 2010
PASI Quantum Gravity, Mexico; June/July 2010
PASI on Dynamics and Control of Manned and Unmanned Marine Vehicles, Colombia, June 2010
PASI on on Climate Change and Hazards in the Americas, Panama, June 2010
PASI on Computational Science and Engineering, Venezuela, May/June 2010
PASI on Energy, Water, and Global Change as a Regional Agenda of the Americas, Mexico, May-June 2010
PASI on Modeling in Computational Science and Engineering, Venezuela, May/June 2010
PASI on Nano-Bio: The Intersection of Bio, Condensed Matter and Solid State Physics, Puerto Rico, May 2010
PASI on Surfaces, Interfaces, and Catalysis, Brazil, April 2010
Websites for previous PASIs

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