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DIVISION OF GRADUATE EDUCATION
FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE(S): December 13, 2001
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Program Title: FY 2002 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 proposals for 12-month postdoctoral research fellowships from beginning scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Approximately 20 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). Citizens from the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland will have Partner Country status for the 2002 competition. 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 December 13, 2001. Awards will be announced in March 2002.
Cognizant Program Officer(s):
Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):
1.) identify a host sponsoring scientist (Principal Investigator);
2.) be citizens of a NATO Partner Country;
3.) be living in or working in their home country or another NATO Partner Country at the time the proposal is submitted; and,
4.) have been awarded a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) on or after October 1, 1997 but normally no later than October 1, 2002.
A. Proposal Preparation Instructions
B. Budgetary Information
C. Deadline/Target Dates
D. FastLane Requirements
SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Since the inception of the NATO Partner Country component in 1996, both US and NATO Partner Country scientists were eligible to apply to the program. Due to a change in a recent policy, for the FY 2002 competition, only scientists from NATO Partner countries are eligible to participate in the NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship. US scientists will not be eligible to apply to the program.
The National Science Foundation (NSF), on behalf of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), invites proposals for 12-month postdoctoral fellowships on behalf of beginning scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. These Fellowships have the following goals:
Submission to this competition will be:
Award of NSF-NATO 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 20 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, 1997 but normally no later than October 1, 2002;
b) must be living in or working in their home country or another NATO Partner country at the time the proposal is submitted; and,
c) has not previously held an NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship.
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 or living in their home country or in another NATO Partner Country at the time the proposal is submitted. Proposals 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 sponsoring scientist is responsible for obtaining research permits and import/export documents, where applicable.
Host Site Eligibility:
NATO Partner Country applicants must identify a specific US sponsoring scientist holding a full-time position at a US institution to serve as her/his sponsor. The US sponsoring scientist will be the Principal Investigator (PI) on the fellowship proposal. 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.
Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size are subject to the availability of funds.
A Fellow will have a full-time tenure of 12 months. Requests to divide tenure between two institutions should be clearly described in the proposal and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
A recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship must begin tenure on or after June 1, 2002 but normally not later than October 1, 2002. 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. An awardee who declines a fellowship because she/he is unable to begin tenure by the specified time period may re-apply to the program as long as she/he 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 the proposal is submitted. 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 Special Allowance ($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 at the beginning of the fellowship.
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.
The Fellows are entitled to the full stipend and special allowance provided by the fellowship.
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 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 US HOST INSTITUTION DOES NOT RECEIVE AN INSTITUTIONAL ALLOWANCE NOR ARE OVERHEAD EXPENSES PROVIDED AS PART OF THE FELLOWSHIP.
A. Proposal Preparation InstructionsFull Proposal:
Proposals submitted in response to this program announcement/solicitation should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The complete text of the GPG is available electronically on the NSF Web Site at: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gpg. Paper copies of the GPG may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (301) 947-2722 or by e-mail from email@example.com.
A COMPLETE proposal must be submitted via FastLane NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.
The PI at the US host institution is responsible for assuring the completeness of proposal materials. This includes making sure that the host Sponsoring Scientist is registered as an Individual Researcher. Follow the instructions for Postdocotrtal Fellowship Registration. The NATO Partner Country Scientist is responsible for providing all the appropriate sections to be included in the proposal.
This information must be completed by the sponsoring scientist at the US institution that is submitting the proposal on behalf of the NATO Partner Country Scientist with 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.
1. Cover Sheet for Proposals must be completed in accordance with the FastLane instructions. For the Program Announcement/Solicitation No. select NSF 01-163.
2. Application Form B. Complete this form using the codes specified in Fields of Specialization - Section X.
3. Summary of Doctoral Dissertation (Limit: 1 Page) Include this under Supplementary Docs.
4. Project Summary (Limit: 1 Page)
5. Project Description (Limit: 3 Pages) Footnotes and references are to be included under References Cited.
The project description 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 the institution selected. Finally, the applicant should indicate what plans have been made to date for the projected tenure period.
6. Biographical Sketch (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) Language Proficiency. This section should indicate the English proficiency of the Fellow in addition to other foreign languages.
D) Employment and Experience. This section should begin with the applicant's current position, (e.g. full-time graduate student, post-doctoral 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.
7. Letter of Support from the Sponsoring Scientist.
A letter of support is required from the proposed sponsoring scientist and/or institution acknowledging willingness to accept the applicant to conduct the proposed research. 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 letter. The sponsoring scientist 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 sponsoring scientist should seek input from whatever sources she/he deems appropriate, and may attach to this statement any external references she/he chooses.
8) Budget. No Budget is required. Awards will be based on stipends and allowances specified for each Fellow.
Four references are required. At least two of the four references should be from persons with whom the applicant has worked in her/his 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 Project Description for their review and comment in the reference report. If the sponsoring scientist is writing an institutional support letter and she/he 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 submiting 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.
Proposers are reminded to identify the program solicitation number (NSF-01-163) in the program announcement/solicitation block on the proposal Cover Sheet (NSF Form 1207). Compliance with this requirement is critical to determining the relevant proposal processing guidelines. Failure to submit this information may delay processing.
B. Budgetary Information
Cost sharing is not required in proposals submitted under this Program Solicitation.
C. Deadline/Target Dates
Proposals must be submitted by the following date(s):
D. FastLane Requirements
Proposers are required to prepare and submit all proposals for this Program Solicitation through the FastLane system. Detailed instructions for proposal preparation and submission via FastLane are available at: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a1/newstan.htm. For FastLane user support, call 1-800-673-6188 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission of Signed Cover Sheets. The Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) must electronically sign the proposal Cover Sheet to submit the required proposal certifications (see Chapter II, Section C of the Grant Proposal Guide for a listing of the certifications). The AOR must provide the required certifications within five working days following the electronic submission of the proposal. Further instructions regarding this process are available on the FastLane website at: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov.
A. NSF Proposal Review Process
Reviews of proposals 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 proposer 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 proposer. Special efforts are made to recruit reviewers from non-academic institutions, minority-serving institutions, or adjacent disciplines to that principally addressed in the proposal.
Proposals 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 proposal. Each reviewer will be asked to address only those that are relevant to the proposal and for which he/she is qualified to make judgements.
Principal Investigators should address the following elements in their proposal 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.
The review criteria for all applications include:
1) Applicant's scientific competence in science and engineering, including achievements to date, particularly as attested by academic records and letters of recommendation;
2) Applicant's potential for continued professional growth as demonstrated in the proposed plan of research from the standpoint of its appropriateness to the background and professional goals of the applicant and its feasibility within the time constraints imposed by tenure.
3) Applicant's potential for furthering international collaboration in science including the factors that influenced the applicant's selection of host institution and sponsoring scientist and the likelihood that the proposed plan of research might result in the establishment of a professional, working relationship between the applicant, foreign scientists and US host scientist/department. 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 she/he 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 sent to the Principal Investigator/Project Director by the Program Director. In addition, the proposer will receive an explanation of the decision to award or decline funding.
B. Review Protocol and Associated Customer Service Standard
All proposals are carefully reviewed by at least three other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular field represented by the proposal. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement/solicitation will be reviewed by Mail and/or panel review.
Reviewers will be asked to formulate a recommendation to either support or decline each proposal. The Program Officer assigned to manage the proposal's review will consider the advice of reviewers and will formulate a recommendation.
NSF is striving to be able to tell applicants whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months for 70 percent of proposals. The time interval begins on the date of receipt. The interval ends when the Division Director accepts the Program Officer's recommendation.
In all cases, after programmatic approval has been obtained, the proposals 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. Proposers 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. A Principal Investigator 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 its own risk.
Notification of the award is made to the submitting organization by a Grants Officer in the Division of Grants and Agreements. Organizations whose proposals 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 proposal referenced in the award letter; (4) the applicable award conditions, such as Grant General Conditions (NSF-GC-1)* or Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Terms and Conditions * and (5) any announcement or other NSF issuance that may be incorporated by reference in the award letter. Cooperative agreement awards also are administered in accordance with NSF Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions (CA-1). Electronic mail notification is the preferred way to transmit NSF awards to organizations that have electronic mail capabilities and have requested such notification from the Division of Grants and Agreements.
*These documents may be accessed electronically on NSF's Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/home/grants/grants_gac.htm. Paper copies may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (301) 947-2722 or by e-mail from email@example.com.
More comprehensive information on NSF Award Conditions is contained in the NSF Grant Policy Manual (GPM) Chapter II, available electronically on the NSF Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gpm. The GPM is also for sale through the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402. The telephone number at GPO for subscription information is (202) 512-1800. The GPM may be ordered through the GPO Web site at http://www.gpo.gov.Special Award Conditions
C. Reporting Requirements
For all multi-year grants (including both standard and continuing grants), the PI must submit an annual project report to the cognizant Program Officer at least 90 days before the end of the current budget period.
Within 90 days after the expiration of an award, the PI also is required to submit a final project report. Approximately 30 days before expiration, NSF will send a notice to remind the PI of the requirement to file the final project report. Failure to provide final technical reports delays NSF review and processing of pending proposals for that PI. 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. PIs will not be required to re-enter information previously provided, either with a proposal or in earlier updates using the electronic system.
The NSF Guide to Programs is a compilation of funding for research and education in science, mathematics, and engineering. The NSF Guide to Programs is available electronically at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gp. General descriptions of NSF programs, research areas, and eligibility information for proposal submission are provided in each chapter.
Many NSF programs offer announcements or solicitations concerning specific proposal requirements. To obtain additional information about these requirements, contact the appropriate NSF program offices. Any changes in NSF's fiscal year programs occurring after press time for the Guide to Programs will be announced in the NSF E-Bulletin, which is updated daily on the NSF web site at http://www.nsf.gov/home/ebulletin, and in individual program announcements/solicitations. Subscribers can also sign up for NSF's Custom News Service (http://www.nsf.gov/home/cns/start.htm) to be notified of new funding opportunities that become available.
X. FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION
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 MATHEMATICS
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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