DIVISION OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES
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Program Title: Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR)
Synopsis of Program: CEDAR is a broad-based, community-initiated, upper atmospheric research program. The goal is to understand the behavior of atmospheric regions from the middle atmosphere upward through the thermosphere and ionosphere into the exosphere in terms of coupling, energetics, chemistry, and dynamics on regional and global scales. These processes are related to the sources of perturbations that propagate upward from the lower atmosphere as well as to solar radiation and particle inputs from above. The activities within this program combine observations, theory and modeling. The awards are to include scientific grants for established investigators and two awards each year for post-doctoral research positions.
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A. Proposal Preparation Instructions
B. Budgetary Information
C. Deadline/Target Dates
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TARGET DATE FOR CY2002 IS MAY 15.
D. FastLane Requirements
The Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) Program began in 1986 after several years of organization and planning by members of the upper atmosphere research community. A primary objective of CEDAR research is to understand changes in the atmosphere over short and long time scales. As an element of the U. S. Global Change Program, CEDAR aims to explain how energy is transferred between atmospheric regions by combining a comprehensive observational program with theoretical and empirical modeling efforts. In the initial stages of the program, existing instruments and facilities were used to address topics beyond the scope of single-instrument research. Later, these instruments were automated and upgraded to improve speed and sensitivity. Networks of instruments and facilities were established to address topics involving global scale coupling and transport effects between geographic regions and different altitudes. Currently, these observations are being combined with sophisticated models to test our understanding of atmospheric coupling processes. A data base of CEDAR observations is maintained for community use at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Annual CEDAR workshops provide a forum for investigators to present recent results, exchange information, and plan future experimental campaigns. The CEDAR Science Steering Committee organizes the workshops and provides broad oversight for theoretical and experimental research, as well as instrument development. The CEDAR Program encourages participation by students who benefit from the interdisciplinary nature of the research and the multi-faceted approach involving theory, numerical simulations, instrument development, data analysis, field measurements, and teamwork.
The Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) Program is a broad-based, community-initiated, upper atmospheric research program. The goal is to understand the behavior of atmospheric regions from the middle atmosphere upward through the thermosphere and ionosphere into the exosphere in terms of coupling, energetics, chemistry, and dynamics on regional and global scales. These processes are related to the sources of perturbations that propagate upward from the lower atmosphere as well as to solar radiation and particle inputs from above. The activities within this program combine observations, theory and modeling. The awards are to include scientific grants for established investigators and two awards each year for post-doctoral research positions.
The specific goals of the CEDAR program include the study of : 1) dynamics and energetics of the upper atmosphere, with particular emphasis on the region between 60 and 150 km; 2) coupling between the mesosphere, ionosphere, thermosphere, exosphere, and magnetosphere; and 3) horizontal coupling between adjacent geographic regions. CEDAR support in the past has led to improved spectrometers, interferometers, and imagers; allowed upgrades of existing facilities; and supported the development of lidars and small radars. Several facilities contain a broad array of state-of-the-art tools, providing a solid infrastructure by which to address outstanding aeronomical problems. The CEDAR program encourages the use of both chains and clusters of instruments in scientific studies of atmosphere coupling processes.
The CEDAR community has recently developed a science plan for the third phase of the program. Objectives identified in the plan include four key science areas: Polar aeronomy, Coupling with lower altitudes, Long-term variations, and Solar-terrestrial interactions. Information on the CEDAR program and the CEDAR Phase III report can be found at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/docs/CEDAR.pdf.
Normally, CEDAR awards are made for a duration of three years, but applicants may request from one to five years of funding provided the requested duration is adequately justified.
In addition to the competition for research grants, two-year awards will be made for post-doctoral research support for recent Ph. D. graduates. The types of studies the successful candidates will be expected to perform include: analyzing existing CEDAR campaign data, taking an active role in an on-going CEDAR campaign, coordinating the development of a new CEDAR campaign, and developing hardware/software of interest to the CEDAR community. The tenure of these awards may be at the institution or facility of the applicant's choice, and either the applicant or a suitable advisor at the performing institution may be designated as principal investigator.
The categories of proposers identified in the Grant Proposal Guide are eligible to submit proposals under this program announcement/solicitation.
Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds. Normally, CEDAR awards are made for a duration of three years, but applicants may request from one to five years of funding provided the requested duration is adequately justified.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The title on the cover sheet of proposals submitted in response to this announcement should begin with the word "CEDAR".
The project description for post-doctoral proposals should be brief (3 pages or less) and need only include a synopsis of the type of CEDAR-related research to be carried out. In addition to the standard NSF proposal forms, a letter indicating the host institution's interest and commitment to this project must be included, along with two letters of recommendation, an abstract of the candidate's doctoral thesis, and a transcript of course work. This additional material should be submitted through Fastlane as supplementary documents.
Proposers are reminded to identify the program solicitation number (NSF-02-070) in the program announcement/solicitation block on the proposal Cover Sheet. 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.
Other Budgetary Limitations: Post-doctoral awards will be for two years at a stipend level of $40,000 per year plus any allowable employee benefits and institutional overhead.
C. Deadline/Target Dates
Proposals must be submitted by the following date(s):Full Proposals:
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TARGET DATE FOR CY2002 IS MAY 15.
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 email@example.com.
Submission of Electronically 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.
The two merit review criteria are listed below. The criteria include considerations that help define them. These considerations are suggestions and not all will apply to any given proposal. While proposers must address both merit review criteria, reviewers will be asked to address only those considerations that are relevant to the proposal being considered and for which he/she is qualified to make judgements.
NSF staff will give careful consideration to the following in making funding decisions:
A summary rating and accompanying narrative will be completed and submitted by each reviewer. In all cases, reviews are treated as confidential documents. Verbatim copies of reviews, excluding the identities of 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 Review followed by 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.In most cases, proposers 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 is striving to be able to tell applicants whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months. The time interval begins on the closing date of an announcement/solicitation or the date of proposal receipt (whichever is later). 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 one's 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.)
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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.
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