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The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) announces an award that will recognize and honor outstanding scientists and engineers at the outset of their independent research careers. The NSTC was established to coordinate the multiagency science and technology policy-making process, and to implement and integrate the Presidentís science and technology policy agenda across the federal government.

The Presidential Award embodies the high priority placed by the government on maintaining the leadership position of the United States in science by producing outstanding scientists and engineers and nurturing their continued development. The Awards will identify a cadre of outstanding scientists and engineers who will broadly advance science and the missions important to the participating agencies.

The Presidential Awards are intended to recognize some of the finest scientists and engineers who, while early in their research careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the twenty-first century. The Awards will foster innovative and far-reaching developments in science and technology, increase awareness of careers in science and engineering, give recognition to the scientific missions of participating agencies, enhance connections between fundamental research and national goals, and highlight the importance of science and technology for the nation's future.

The Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. The awards will be conferred annually at the White House following recommendations from participating agencies. To be eligible for a Presidential Award, an individual must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident. Each Presidential Award will be of five years duration.

The participating agencies are:

National Science Foundation

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Environmental Protection Agency

Department of Veterans Affairs

Department of Health and Human Services: National Institutes of Health

Department of Energy: Energy Research Programs, Defense Programs

Department of Defense: U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy

Department of Agriculture: National Research Initiative, Agricultural Research Service,
     Forest Service

Department of Commerce: NOAA, NIST

Department of Transportation

 

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)
Faculty Early Career Development Program

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: NSF will select its awardees from among the most meritorious investigators funded through the Foundation-wide Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program. The CAREER program supports the early development of academic faculty as both educators and researchers and is intended to foster the integration of research and education components of a faculty career.

To be eligible for the CAREER award, applicants must be employed at an institution in the U.S., its territories or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that awards a baccalaureate or advanced degree in a field supported by the NSF. Individuals who are engaged in significant education and research activities at two-year colleges or non-profit or non-academic institutions such as museums, observatories, and research laboratories are also eligible. Applicants must be in their first or second full-time tenure-track or equivalent academic appointment and, for 1997, have begun their first appointment on or after July 1, 1992, and before October 17, 1996. In 1998, individuals must have begun their first appointment on or after July 1, 1993, and before the July 22, 1997, application deadline.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The guidelines for 1997 awards as described in the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program brochure (NSF 96-115) are available through university and college offices of sponsored programs or directly from the National Science Foundation. Information and publications are also provided through the NSF Home Page (http://www.nsf.gov/); by sending an e-mail request to pubs@nsf.gov; a fax request to 703-644-4278; a phone request to 703-306-1130; a written request to NSF Forms and Publications Unit, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room P-15, Arlington, VA 22230. Guidelines for 1998 awards (NSF 97-87) will be available from the same sources in April 1997.

 

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)
Early Career Awards

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: NASA announces new awards for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their professional careers. Selections will be based on the innovative and integrative character of proposed research in areas that will benefit NASAís understanding of the Earth, the solar system and the universe, the exploration and development of space, or the development of advanced astronautics and space technologies.

NASA will not issue a special announcement for this award. NASA will select its awardees based on exceptionally meritorious proposals funded through the traditional research grant process or the unsolicited proposal process. Awardees must have no more than 5 years career-track research experience since completing postdoctoral research training or its equivalent.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Office of the Chief Scientist, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20546; phone 202-358-1809.

 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
Early Career Research Awards

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: EPA will select awardees for the 1998 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers from the most meritorious investigators funded through the program entitled Early Career Research Awards (ECRA). ECRA is offered only in even-numbered years as part of the EPA Research Grants Program administered by the National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance within the Office of Research and Development. The 1998 ECRA Program will be open to researchers in academic or not-for-profit institutions who received their graduate degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent), completed post-doctoral programs, or entered a tenure-track position at an academic institution on or after May 1, 1993.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact rosenthal.sheila@epamail.epa.gov. Announcement of the 1998 EPA/ORD/NCERQA extramural grants solicitations, including ECRA, will be available in September 1997 on the NCERQA Home Page (www.epa.gov/ncerqa); or by sending a typed, self-addressed mailing label to NCERQA (8701), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M Street, SW, Washington, DC 20460.

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA)
Veterans Health Administration Research Awards

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) will select recipients of the 1997 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from among the most meritorious recipients of Veterans Health Administration Research Awards in any of the following VHA Research Program areas: Medical Research, Rehabilitation Research, and Health Services Research. To be eligible, candidates must have no more than 5 years of independent research experience.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact John R. Feussner, MD, Veterans Health Administration (12), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, Washington, DC 20420; phone 202-273-8284.

 

NATIONAL INSTITUTESOF HEALTH (NIH)

FIRST Awards and R01 Grants

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: NIH will select its recipients of the 1997 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers from among the most meritorious investigators funded through its FIRST award (R29) and the traditional research project grants (R01); only first-time R01 recipients who also meet the eligibility criteria for the FIRST award are eligible. Intramural NIH scientists who are newly appointed in their tenure-track positions are also eligible for this honor.

To be eligible for the FIRST award, investigators must be genuinely independent of their mentors; have no more than 5 years research experience since completing postdoctoral research training or its equivalent; and never have had the designation "principal investigator" on any NIH-supported research project other than a small grant (R03), AREA award (R15), or academic research career award (K award series).

FURTHER INFORMATION: For additional information on the FIRST award and the R01 research grant mechanism, please contact the Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health, Suite 6095, 6701 Rockledge Drive MSC-7910, Bethesda, MD 20892-7910; phone 301-435-0714.

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)
DOE-Energy Research Young Scientist Award

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates are full-time staff members of the DOE National Laboratories who have no more than 5 years research experience since completing postdoctoral research training or its equivalent. Candidates for this award are nominated by the directors of the laboratories under procedures established by the Office of Energy Research.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Cindy Musick, Office of Laboratory Policy and Infrastructure Management, Office of Energy Research; phone 202-586-0987; e-mail: cindy.musick@oer.doe.gov

DOE-Defense Programs
Young Scientist and Engineer Award

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: DOE Defense Programs will select nominees for the 1997 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers from the most meritorious recipients of the DOE Defense Programs Young Scientist & Engineer Award. Candidates for this award must be researchers employed by academic institutions and be in the first 5 years of their independent research careers. Young Scientist and Engineer Award nominations are based on candidatesí contributions to the DOE national security mission.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Visit the following Internet location: www.dp.doe.gov/ysea/award.html

 

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD)
DOD-U.S. Navy: Office of Naval Research
Young Investigator Program

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Awardees will be selected from among the university faculty applicants to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program. The objectives of ONR's Young Investigator Program (YIP) are to attract outstanding new researchers Navy's research program, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Proposals should address Navy research interests as described in the ONR Guide to Programs or on the ONR Home Page.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The ONR Guide to Programs is available in most university sponsored-programs offices. The ONR Home Page is accessible at www.onr.navy.mil. The annual YIP announcement, which gives details of the program and specific program dates, is available via the ONR Home Page.

DOD-U.S. Air Force: Air Force Office of
Scientific Research Broad Agency Program

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Awardees will be selected from among qualified institute-of-higher-education (IHE) applicants to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Broad Agency Announcement and current qualified IHE principal investigators. Candidates must have received their Ph.D. degree (or equivalent research degree) within the preceding 5 years. Proposals from new applicants should address Air Force research interests as described in the current AFOSR Research Interests Brochure.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The brochure is available in most university sponsored-programs offices; via the AFOSR Home Page through at web.fie.com/fedix with a help-line at 301-975-0103; or by sending a self-addressed mailing label (typed, all caps) to AFOSR/XPI, 110 Duncan Avenue Suite B115, Bolling AFB DC 20332-8050. Further information on Air Force procedures for selection is available from AFOSR/NI; phone 202-767-4969.

DOD-U.S. Army: Young Investigator Program

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Awardees will be selected from applicants eligible for the Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Program (YIP). Candidates must hold tenure-track positions at U.S. universities and colleges and have held their graduate degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) for fewer than 5 years at the time of application. Proposals are sought for research described in the ARO Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). An individual wishing to apply for a YIP award must submit a research proposal and a supporting letter through university officials.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the cognizant program manager named in the ARO BAA for technical discussions before submitting a formal proposal. An ARO BAA may be obtained by writing to: U.S. Army Research Office, ATTN: AMXRO-PR, 4300 South Miami Boulevard, Post Office Box 12211, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211.

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
Early Career Scientist Award

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: ARS will select its honoree from ARS career-track scientists who are eligible for the ARS Early Career Scientist Award. One candidate is nominated from each of the eight ARS areas, based on scientific accomplishments as a Federal scientist, and on impact of personal research on science and human welfare as it pertains to American agriculture.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact the USDA ARS Human Resource Division Incentive Awards Program Coordinator; phone 301-344-0339; fax 301-344-4173.

USDA-Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES)
National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (NRICGP)
New Investigator Awards

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: The NRICGP will select its awardees for the Presidential Early Career Award from among the most meritorious investigators funded through the NRICGP New Investigator Award program. The NRICGP New Investigator Award Program supports investigators who are beginning their agricultural research careers, do not have an extensive research publication record, and have less than 5 years post-graduate, career-track research experience. To be eligible for a New Investigator Award, applicants may not have received competitively-awarded Federal research funds beyond the level of pre- or postdoctoral research awards. All principal and co-principal investigators must meet all New Investigator eligibility requirements as described above. Eligible new investigators submit proposals directly to the NRICGP program area most appropriate to the applicantís research interests.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr. Sally Rockey, Competitive Research Grants and Awards Management Unit, CSREEES, 901 D Street, SW, Rm 323, Washington, DC 20250-2200; phone 202-401-1761; fax 202-401-1782; e-mail: srockey@reeusda.gov

USDA-Forest Service Research
Early Scientist Award

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: USDA Forest Service scientists, who are subject to the Research Grade Evaluation Guide and who have no more than 5 years post-graduate, career-track research experience by December 31 of the year in which they are nominated, are eligible. Nominees should have completed sufficient scientific or engineering research that demonstrates, through personal accomplishments, outstanding capability and exceptional promise for significant future achievement.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact the USDA Forest Service, Deputy Chief for Research, P.O. Box 96090, Washington, DC 20090-6090; phone 202-205-1665; fax 202-205-1530; e-mail: fwsa/=res/ou=w01C@attmail.com

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Department of Commerce: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Early Career Award

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates are NOAA employees or employees of Joint/Cooperative Institutes supported by NOAA who are no more than 5 years beyond completion of their Ph.D.s or equivalent terminal degrees. Awards will be special research support. Candidates are nominated by program or laboratory directors and are selected by the NOAA administrator for recognition based on their scientific accomplishments and leadership potential and the potential impacts of their research on agency goals.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact the Office of the NOAA Chief Scientist; phone 202-482-1437; fax 202-482-5231; e-mail: Tom.Murray@noaa.gov

Department of Commerce: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Early Career Award

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates are staff members of NIST who have completed no more than 5 years as independent staff members. Awards will be special research grants. Candidates are nominated by program directors and selected by the agency director for recognition based on their scientific accomplishments and leadership potential and the potential impact of their research on agency goals.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact William R. Ott, Deputy Director, Physics Laboratory; phone 301-975-4202; fax 301-975-3038; e-mail: william.ott@nist.gov

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Early Career Awards

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: DOT will select its recipients of the 1997 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the most qualified and innovative researchers in the DOT University Transportation Centers and University Research Institutes Programs. Candidates will be nominated by the directors of the Centers and Institutes under procedures established by the Research and Special Programs Administration. Selection will be based on the innovative and creative character of the proposed transportation research in areas such as human performance and behavior, information and communications systems, sustainable transportation, sensing and measurement, and modeling, design and simulation. Candidates must have received their highest degree within 5 years of the award.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Elaine Joost, Office of Research, Technology and Analysis, Research and Special Programs Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, DC 20590-0001; phone 202-366-4434.