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DIVISION OF GRADUATE EDUCATION
DIRECTORATE FOR EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES
DEADLINE: November 28, 2000
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Program Title: NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowships in Science and Engineering (NSF-NATO)
Synopsis of Program: On behalf of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the National Science Foundation (NSF) invites applications for 12-month postdoctoral research fellowships from beginning scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Approximately 5 fellowships will be offered to US scientists for research abroad and approximately 13 awards will be made to US institutions that would like to host scientists from NATO Partner countries (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan). Eligible fields of research are: mathematics, engineering, computer and information science, geosciences, the physical, biological, social, behavioral, and economic sciences, the history and philosophy of science, and interdisciplinary areas comprised of two or more of these fields. Research in the teaching and learning of science, mathematics, technology, and engineering is also eligible for support. Application deadline is November 28, 2000. Awards will be announced March 30, 2001.
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A. Application Preparation Guidelines
B. Budgetary Information
C. Deadline/Target Dates
D. FastLane Requirements
SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
On behalf of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the National Science Foundation (NSF) invites applications for 12-month postdoctoral fellowships from or on behalf of beginning scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply. These Fellowships have the following goals:
Submission to this competition will be of two types:
Award of these fellowships will be made for work in mathematics, engineering, computer and information science, geosciences, the physical, biological, social, behavioral, and economic sciences, the history and philosophy of science, and interdisciplinary areas comprised of two or more of these fields. Research in the teaching and learning of science, mathematics, technology, and engineering is also eligible for support.
NSF-NATO does not normally support technical assistance, pilot plan efforts, research requiring security classification, the development of products for commercial marketing or market research for a particular project or invention. Applicants working in clinical, education (except research in the teaching and learning of science, mathematics, technology and engineering) or business fields, or in history (except the history or philosophy of science), social work or public health, and individuals who propose to use the Fellowship to support residency training or similar work that may lead to qualification or certification in a clinical field are NOT eligible. These fellowships are not intended to support the preparation of prior research results for publication or the writing of textbooks as a primary objective.
Bioscience research with disease-related goals, including work on the etiology, diagnosis, or treatment of physical or mental diseases, abnormality, or malfunction in human beings or animals is normally not supported. Animal models of such conditions, or the development or testing of drugs or other procedures for their treatment also generally are not eligible for support. However, research in bioengineering with diagnosis or treatment-related goals, that applies engineering principles to problems in biology and medicine while advancing engineering knowledge is eligible for support. Bioengineering research to aid persons with disabilities is also eligible.
NSF-NATO Fellowships are administered by the National Science Foundation, an agency of the United States Government, at the request of the US Department of State. Approximately 5 fellowships will be offered to US scientists for research abroad and approximately 13 awards will be made to US institutions that would like to host a scientist from a NATO Partner country.
a) must have been awarded a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) on or after October 1, 1996 but normally no later than October 1, 2001; and
b) have not previously held an NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Must be US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents on or before November 28, 2000.
NATO Partner Country Scientists:
Scientists from NATO Partner countries (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan) must be working in their home country or in another NATO Partner country at the time of application. The FY 2001 competition is the last year citizens from the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary are eligible to apply under the NATO Partner country fellowships. Applications to support a scientist from NATO Partner countries may be subject to security review by the United States Committee on Exchanges (COMEX) according to government policy. This review may be necessary before the State Department will issue a visa. The US host scientific advisor is responsible for obtaining research permits and import/export documents, where applicable.
Host Site Eligibility:
US applicants may apply for scientific research at appropriate government and non-profit scientific institutions in NATO member countries (Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom) or NATO Partner countries. NATO Partner country applicants must identify a specific US scientific advisor holding a full-time position at a US institution to serve as his/her sponsor. The US scientific advisor will be the Principal Investigator (PI) on the fellowship application. The PI will be responsible for assuring the completeness of the application material. NATO Partner country scientists may conduct research at US universities or scientific research laboratories.
A Fellow will have a full-time tenure of 12 months. Requests to divide tenure between two institutions should be clearly described in the application and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
A recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship must begin tenure on or after June 1, 2001 but normally not later than October 1, 2001. If unforeseen circumstances delay completion of the Ph.D. degree requirement or the expected start of tenure, a request for a delay of the start date will be considered. A US applicant already working under another fellowship abroad at the time of application may request a delay of the start date in order to complete the previous fellowship as long as he/she remains at the same institution abroad. An awardee who declines a fellowship because he/she is unable to begin tenure by the specified time period may re-apply to the program as long as he/she remains eligible. This declination will not prejudice any subsequent application.
STIPEND AND SPECIAL ALLOWANCE
The stipend is $2,750 per month for 12 months for the Fellow. Fellows are also provided with dependency allowances of $200 per month for a dependent spouse and for each of not more than two dependent children for 12 months. The level of funding of NSF-NATO stipends for Fellows will be determined based on the Fellow's status at the time of application. Adjustment for individuals entitled to sabbatical leave pay or whose employer wishes to supplement the stipend to match regular salary will be considered. NSF-NATO funding in such instances will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
In addition, the Fellow is provided with $1,200 ($100 for each month of tenure) to aid in defraying costs of research and special travel such as short visits to other laboratories or scientific meetings. This special allowance is expendable at the Fellow's discretion and is usually provided with the advance stipend and travel allowance.
All Fellows are entitled to the full stipend and special research allowance provided by the fellowship.
NATO Partner Country Scientists:
Fellowship grants for NATO Partner country scientists are made to US institutions and not directly to individuals. The host institution will be responsible for the disbursement of all funds associated with a fellowship award.
A travel allowance to assist fellows to cover travel costs to their fellowship institution and back will be provided as specified below. All travel must be by US flag carriers if such service is available, even though other carriers may be more convenient or less expensive.
The total round-trip travel allowance for Fellows traveling overseas will be: $2,500 for the Fellow; $2,500 for an accompanying spouse; and $1,000 each for up to two accompanying dependent children.
For Fellows traveling to Canada, the travel allowance will be: $1,000 for the Fellow; $1,000 for an accompanying spouse; and $600 each for up to two accompanying dependent children.
NATO Partner Country Scientists:
The total round trip allowance from the Fellow's place of residence in the Partner country, at the time of application, to the US host institution to begin tenure and later to return will be as follows: $3,000 for the Fellow; $3,000 for an accompanying spouse; and $1,200 each for up to two accompanying dependent children.
The fellowship institution in NATO member or NATO Partner country, upon its request, will receive $1,200 ($100 for each month of the Fellow's resident tenure, i.e., 12 months). This allowance is paid on behalf of the Fellow to assist the institution in meeting the cost of fees chargeable to the Fellow and in providing the Fellow with space, supplies and equipment. THE US HOST INSTITUTION DOES NOT RECEIVE AN INSTITUTIONAL ALLOWANCE. OVERHEAD EXPENSES ARE NOT PROVIDED AS PART OF THE FELLOWSHIP.
A. Application Preparation Instructions
Applications submitted in response to this program solicitation should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines contained in this solicitation.
A COMPLETE application must be submitted via FastLane Postdoctoral Fellowship.
1. NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow Cover Sheet
The NSF-NATO Cover Sheet must be completed in accordance with the FastLane Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Application instructions.
2. Abstract of Doctoral Dissertation (Limit: 1 Page)
3. Abstract of Proposed Plan of Research (Limit: 150 words)
4. Proposed Plan of Research (Limit: 2 Pages, including footnotes)
The plan should be a relatively non-technical statement understandable by non-specialist experts. This statement should BRIEFLY include the applicant's 1) educational objectives and 2) long-range professional goals. The applicant should describe in detail the activities expected to be undertaken during tenure and should also comment on the appropriateness of both the institution/country selected. Finally, the applicant should indicate what plans have been made to date for the projected tenure period.
5. Curriculum Vitae (Limit: 3 Pages)
This information MUST include (but is not limited to) the following sections:
A) Education. This section should list the applicant's educational background beginning with undergraduate and including postdoctoral training: Institution & Location; Degree; Year Conferred; Field of Study.
B) Academic Honors. This section should include fellowships, scholarships, teaching assistantships, mentoring activities, and other relevant positions held or awards received with dates and locations in reverse chronological order.
C) Foreign Languages. This section should indicate the proficiency of the applicant, in the language of the country in which the Fellow plans to conduct research.
D) Employment and Experience. This section should begin with the applicant's current position (e.g. full-time graduate student, postdoctoral Fellow, lecturer, etc. and institution). Relevant professional history should be provided in reverse chronological order.
E) Research Accomplishments. This section should list any research previously pursued, giving the title and reference of any published works. List the titles of any unpublished work in process. Other accomplishments may include, but are not limited to, patent and software credits, papers presented at seminars, workshops, national or international meetings, etc.
F) Other Accomplishments. This section is optional and may include relevant information that the applicant wishes to provide to the reviewers.
6. Letter of Support from the Host Scientific Advisor and/or Institution
Provide a letter of support from the proposed scientific advisor and/or institution acknowledging willingness to accept the applicant to conduct the proposed research.
Four references are required. At least two of the four references should be from persons with whom the applicant has worked in his/her major field, including the thesis advisor if possible. List the thesis advisor's name first on the application's Cover Page. Other referees should be in closely allied fields. It is important to send referees a copy of the proposed plan of research for their review and comment in the reference report. If the host advisor is writing an institutional support letter and he/she is also listed as a referee, a separate letter addressing the criteria listed in the following paragraph must be included.
Reference letters should CLEARLY include comments on the following: mastery of fundamental knowledge in the applicant's field, design of research projects, laboratory skills and technique, growth during period observed, creativity, originality, self reliance and independence.
Before submitting the letters, referees should indicate whether they wish their comments to be held in confidence and their identity as authors of the letters not revealed. Otherwise, the Foundation may provide the comments to the applicants (if requested) under the Privacy Act of 1974.
US Applicants Only:
The applicant's permanent US residence address, including zip code, must be given; institutional address may be used only if no other is available. The permanent address will be used in all correspondence concerning the fellowship application. The applicant is responsible for notifying the program of any changes of the permanent address.
NATO Partner Country Applicants Only:
The US host institution is responsible for assuring the completeness of application materials. The NATO Partner country scientist is responsible for providing all the appropriate sections to be included in the application.
Cover Sheet for Application to the National Science Foundation (NSF Form 1207)
This information must be completed by the scientific advisor at the US institution that is submitting the application on behalf of the NATO Partner country scientist with FULLY signed certifications. (See FastLane Requirements Section D.)
The NATO Partner country applicant's current address is the address where the NATO Partner country scientist resides in the NATO Partner country; permanent US address should be the host university address.
Sponsor Statement from US Host Institution
A statement of support from the US host scientific advisor (PI) is required. Verification of resources being made available to the NATO Partner country scientist (e.g., housing, supplementary travel, equipment, and facilities to be provided by the host institution) should be included in this statement. The scientific advisor should also indicate why the NATO Partner country scientist would benefit from such a research opportunity and what contribution this scientist is expected to make. Any host institution financial commitment of support to the NATO Partner country scientist should also be described. The scientific advisor should seek input from whatever sources she/he deems appropriate, and may attach to this statement any external references it chooses.
Applicants are reminded to identify the program solicitation number (NSF 00-145) in the program solicitation block on the application Cover Sheet (NSF Form 1207). Compliance with this requirement is critical to determining the relevant application processing guidelines. Failure to submit this information may delay processing.
B. Budgetary Information
Cost Sharing is not required in applications submitted under this Program Solicitation.
Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations: No indirect costs are allowed.
Other Budgetary Limitations: None
C. Deadline/Target Dates
Applications submitted in response to this solicitation must be submitted by 5:00 PM, local time on the following date:
November 28, 2000
AWARDS ANNOUNCED: MARCH 30, 2001
D. FastLane Requirements
Applicants are required to prepare and submit all applications for this Program Solicitation through the FastLane Postdoctoral Research Fellowship system no later than 5:00 PM, local time of the submitter, November 28, 2000. Detailed instructions for application preparation and submission via FastLane are available at: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/d11/D11Menu.htm. For FastLane user support, call 1-800-673-6188.
Submission of Signed Cover Sheets. The signed copy of the application Cover Sheet (NSF Form 1207) must be postmarked (or contain a legible proof of mailing date assigned by the carrier) within five working days following application submission and be forwarded to the following address:
A. NSF Application Review Process
Reviews of applications submitted to NSF are solicited from peers with expertise in the substantive area of the proposed research or education project. These reviewers are selected by Program Officers charged with the oversight of the review process. NSF invites the applicant to suggest at the time of submission, the names of appropriate or inappropriate reviewers. Care is taken to ensure that reviewers have no conflicts with the applicant. Special efforts are made to recruit reviewers from non-academic institutions, minority-serving institutions, or adjacent disciplines to that principally addressed in the application.
Applications will be reviewed against the following general review criteria established by the National Science Board. Following each criterion are potential considerations that the reviewer may employ in the evaluation. These are suggestions and not all will apply to any given application. Each reviewer will be asked to address only those that are relevant to the application and for which he/she is qualified to make judgments.
What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?
How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields? How well qualified is the applicant to conduct the project? (If appropriate, the reviewer will comment on the quality of the prior work.) To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts? How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity? Is there sufficient access to resources?
What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning? How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)? To what extent will it enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships? Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding? What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society?
Applicants should address the following elements in their application to provide reviewers with the information necessary to respond fully to both of the above-described NSF merit review criteria. NSF staff will give these elements careful consideration in making funding decisions.
Integration of Research and Education
One of the principal strategies in support of NSF's goals is to foster integration of research and education through the programs, projects, and activities it supports at academic and research institutions. These institutions provide abundant opportunities where individuals may concurrently assume responsibilities as researchers, educators, and students and where all can engage in joint efforts that infuse education with the excitement of discovery and enrich research through the diversity of learning perspectives.
Integrating Diversity into NSF Programs, Projects, and Activities
Broadening opportunities and enabling the participation of all citizens - women and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities - is essential to the health and vitality of science and engineering. NSF is committed to this principle of diversity and deems it central to the programs, projects, and activities it considers and supports.
Additional Review Criteria
The NSF-NATO Fellowships Program is a multidisciplinary activity managed by the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources. The review criteria for all applications include:
In situations where English is not the primary language, consideration may be given to how communication is to be managed. Likewise consideration will be given to the English language proficiency of the NATO Partner country scientist. These are suggestions and not all will apply to any given application. Each reviewer will be asked to address only those that are relevant to the application and for which he/she is qualified to make judgments.
A summary rating and accompanying narrative will be completed and signed by each reviewer. In all cases, reviews are treated as confidential documents. Verbatim copies of reviews, excluding the names of the reviewers, are mailed to the Applicant and US host Principal Investigator by the Program Director. In addition, the applicant will receive an explanation of the decision to award or decline funding.
B. Review Protocol and Associated Customer Service Standard
All applications are carefully reviewed by at least three other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular field represented by the application. Applications submitted in response to this solicitation will be reviewed by Panel Review.
Reviewers will be asked to formulate a recommendation to either support or decline each application. The Program Officer assigned to manage the application's review will consider the advice of reviewers and will formulate a recommendation. In most cases, applicants will be contacted by the Program Officer after his or her recommendation to award or decline funding has been approved by the Division Director. This informal notification is not a guarantee of an eventual award.
NSF will be able to tell applicants whether their applications have been declined or recommended for funding within six months for 95 percent of applications. The time interval begins on the application deadline or target date or from the date of receipt, if deadlines or target dates are not used by the program. The interval ends when the Division Director accepts the Program Officer's recommendation.
In all cases, after programmatic approval has been obtained, the applications recommended for funding will be forwarded to the Division of Grants and Agreements for review of business, financial, and policy implications and the processing and issuance of a grant or other agreement. Applicants are cautioned that only a Grants and Agreements Officer may make commitments, obligations or awards on behalf of NSF or authorize the expenditure of funds. No commitment on the part of NSF should be inferred from technical or budgetary discussions with a NSF Program Officer. An applicant or organization that makes financial or personnel commitments in the absence of a grant or cooperative agreement signed by the NSF Grants and Agreements Officer does so at their own risk.
Notification of the award is made to the submitting applicant or organization by a Grants Officer in the Division of Grants and Agreements. Applicants or organizations whose applications are declined will be advised as promptly as possible by the cognizant NSF Program Division administering the program. Verbatim copies of reviews, not including the identity of the reviewer, will be provided automatically to the Principal Investigator. (See section VI. A, for additional information on the review process.)
An NSF award consists of: (1) the award letter, which includes any special provisions applicable to the award and any numbered amendments thereto; (2) the budget, which indicates the amounts, by categories of expense, on which NSF has based its support (or otherwise communicates any specific approvals or disapprovals of proposed expenditures); (3) the application referenced in the award letter; (4) the applicable award conditions, and (5) any NSF brochure, program guide, announcement or other NSF issuance that may be incorporated by reference in the award letter.
C. Reporting Requirements
Within 90 days after the expiration of an award, the Fellow is required to submit a final project report. Approximately 30 days before expiration, NSF will send a notice to remind the Fellow and US host PI of the requirement to file the final project report. Failure to provide final technical reports delays NSF review and processing of pending applications for that Fellow or PI. Fellows and PIs should examine the formats of the required reports in advance to assure availability of required data.
NSF has implemented an electronic project reporting system, available through FastLane. This system permits electronic submission and updating of project reports, including information on: project participants (individual and organizational); activities and findings; publications; and other specific products and contributions. Fellows and US host PIs will not be required to re-enter information previously provided, either with an application or in earlier updates using the electronic system.
General inquiries should be made to the NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowships in Science and Engineering Program:
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1. LIFE SCIENCES
101 Animal physiology
102 Biochemistry and biophysics
104 Cell biology and physiology, microbiology
105 Developmental biology and zoology
106 Ecosystems, landscapes and environment
107 Molecular biology and genetics, virology
108 Neurosciences, cognition and psychology
109 Plant biology: botany, physiology and pathology
110 Population biology and genetics, evolution
111 Biology (other)
2. MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
201 Algebra and number theory
204 Computational mathematics and numerical analysis
205 Discrete Mathematics
206 Geometry and topology
207 Logic and foundations of mathematics
208 Mechanics and mathematical physics
209 Optimization and control theory
211 Mathematics (other)
222 Atomic and molecular physics
223 Condensed matter physics
224 Electromagnetism, plasmas and electric discharges
225 Elementary particles and fields
226 Fluid dynamics
227 General physics
228 Mathematical physics
229 Nuclear physics
231 Statistical physics
232 Physics (other)
ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS
244 Space and Planetary Physics
245 Astronomy and astrophysics (other)
200 Physical and Mathematical Sciences (non-specific)
3. CHEMISTRY MATERIALS
302 Analytical biochemistry
303 Analytical chemistry
304 Bio-inorganic chemistry
305 Bio-organic chemistry
307 Computational chemistry
308 Electro chemistry
309 Inorganic chemistry
311 Organic chemistry
312 Physical chemistry
313 Polymer chemistry
314 Solid-state chemistry
315 Theoretical chemistry
316 Chemistry (other)
321 Ceramics, inorganic materials
322 Corrosion, chemical degradation
323 Electrical, magnetic and optical properties
324 Mechanical and thermal properties
325 Metals and alloys
327 Structure, composition and properties
328 Materials science (other)
300 Chemistry and Materials (non-specific)
4. EARTH SCIENCES
401 Engineering geology
406 Hydrology and hydrogeology
407 Mineralogy and petrology
408 Paleontology and paleobotany
409 Remote sensing and detection
410 Sedimentology and stratigraphy
411 Soil science
412 Solid earth (other)
425 Atmospheric science (other)
431 Air-sea interaction
432 Biological oceanography
433 Chemical oceanography
435 Physical oceanography
436 Oceanography (other)
5. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
504 Environmental change
505 Environmental chemistry
506 Environmental policy
512 Environmental sciences (other)
500 Environmental Sciences (non-specific)
6. APPLIED SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING
601 Aeronautical and astronautical engineering
604 Biomedical engineering
605 Ceramic engineering
606 Chemical engineering
607 Civil engineering
608 Electrical engineering
610 Engineering mechanics
612 Industrial engineering
613 Mechanical engineering
614 Metallurgical engineering
615 Mining engineering
616 Nuclear engineering
617 Petroleum engineering
618 Sanitary engineering
619 Engineering (other)
621 Artificial intelligence and knowledge-based systems
622 Computer databases and banks
623 Human-computer interaction
624 Operating systems and networks
625 Software and requirements engineering
626 Theory and mathematics of computing
627 Computer science (other)
631 Automatic control
632 Operational research
633 Systems analysis
634 Systems engineering
635 Systems science (other)
643 Information science (other)
600 Diverse Applied Sciences (non-specific)
7. SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
701 Economic and social history
702 Economics (Bus. Admin. NOT eligible)
704 Environmental planning
705 Human geography
708 Management and business studies
709 Political Science and international relations
710 Science and technology policy
711 Social administration
712 Social anthropology
713 Social psychology
714 Socio-legal studies
715 Sociology (Social Work NOT eligible)
716 Social science (other)
722 Developmental science
723 Ergonomics and human engineering
724 Human factors
725 Organizational science
729 Behavioral science (other)
999 Not Listed (Specify)____________
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