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Special Notice/Advisory

SUBJ: PUBLIC AFFAIRS SUPPORT FOR PIs VIA PIOs

NSF wants to help our researchers get the word out about newsworthy research results funded by NSF. We're also accountable to the public which funds research by NSF.

We know you already have some dissemination plans (such as publications and speeches at conferences), as required under NSF's "broader impacts" criterion. But you might not be taking advantage of standard public affairs techniques such as media interviews, or new ones such as multimedia web sites. Public information officers are often the key to this kind of dissemination.

Most organizations that receive NSF funds have a designated public information officer (PIO) who shares the same goals as the NSF public affairs office. They can advise you on when and how to publicize your results--and they can work with us to do so.

When you have newsworthy results, we encourage you to:

  • contact your PIO, especially if you are publishing in a journal (the ideal time to do so is once the paper has been accepted for publication)

  • ask your PIO to contact us (media staff listed here: http://www.nsf.gov/news/nsfpio/staff.jsp)

  • contact us yourself if you do not know your PIO, by sending a message to tellus@nsf.gov

We all want a more informed public. We appreciate your help in communicating research results.

Jeff Nesbit
Director, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
National Science Foundation

 

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