NSF-Navy Civilian Service Fellowship-Scholarship Program
National Science Foundation
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of the
Navy would like to call your attention to an opportunity to apply
for supplemental funding in areas identified below, of technical
interest to the Navy, under the provisions of the jointly-funded
NSF-Navy Civilian Service (NNCS) Fellowship-Scholarship Program.
This program supports students at the bachelors, masters, or doctoral
levels in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) who agree to commit to spending a year as a
civilian employee at a Naval R&D Center for each year of support
The NNCS program has three goals: (1) to ensure the economic future
of the Nation by increasing the number and diversity of US citizens
pursuing advanced degrees in the STEM professions, (2) to strengthen
Navy ties with the university research community to facilitate
the transfer of promising technology to the Navy in a timely fashion,
and (3) to ensure the future of the Navy’s research enterprise
by providing new career entry pathways for talented STEM professionals.
This program invites university PI’s who are currently supported
by an NSF award from the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), or
have a Science and Technology Center (STC), Integrative Graduate
Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT), Nanoscale Interdisciplinary
Research Team (NIRT), or Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center
(NSEC) award to apply for support for their eligible students who
are working in areas of interest to one of the Navy’s R&D
Centers.The faculty member must also partner with a scientist or
engineer at one of the Navy R&D Centers and have that person
listed as co-PI on the proposal. Proposals
submitted without a Navy co-PI will be returned without review. The funding will be
provided for up to two years of fellowship/scholarship support
plus a cost of education allowance. At the completion of their
degrees, the students will accept civilian employment at a Navy
R&D Center for one year for each year of support received.
Areas of technical interest to the Navy are described along with
relevant contact information at the following website: http://www.nstarweb.com/careers.html.
In addition to the areas listed on the website, any
research related to countering the threat of Improvised Explosive
Devices (IEDs) remains a high priority for the Navy. Fundable
proposals will provide clear evidence of collaboration with Navy
R&D Centers both
in the formulation of the proposal and the completion of the proposed
research. Specifically, in addition to Co-Principal Investigator
(co-PI) status it is expected that appropriate Center personnel
will serve on the advisory committee of the students who are supported
in this program, play an active role in the development of a student’s
research project and its execution, and will work with the student
and the student’s advisor to find suitable Center employment
upon the student’s graduation. It is expected that a student
will spend some portion of each calendar year while supported by
this program working at the collaborating Center on a summer internship
or similar arrangement.
In addition to funding for students, this program provides the
PI with the opportunity for close interaction with colleagues at
the Center and opportunities for funded professional development.
Preference will be given to proposals with comprehensive and innovative
plans to promote the professional development of the student. For
undergraduate students, an identification of features that will
be added to the traditional curriculum to develop and enhance the
students’ research skills is encouraged. An effective plan
for recruiting a highly qualified and diverse pool of students
should be included in the proposal.
It is critical that the proposals contain a clear plan to evaluate
and assess the effectiveness of this program in terms of the student
and program outcomes in both the near and far term as viewed by
the students, the PI, and the collaborating Center. Proposals should
include (as a minimum) provisions for measuring:
- The quality of the students’ interactions with the personnel
and programs of the collaborating Center
- The importance and
quality of the technology transfer associated with this program
- The increased attractiveness, as perceived by the students,
of the Navy as a career destination
- The extent to which this
program has facilitated:
- Recruitment of students in increased numbers and diversity
into the program
- Improvements in student mentoring leading
to enhancements in student retention and professional development
- Increases in the number and quality of collaborative university/Center
NSF’s Fastlane system should be used to prepare and submit
these requests for supplemental funding (https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/).
The Supplemental Funding Request can be accessed through the “Awards
Status” function, under the “Award and Reporting” functions.
The Budget, Justification for Supplement, and Supplementary Docs
sections of the Supplemental Funding Request should be completed
according to the guidelines below.
In the Justification for Supplement, awardee institutions are
expected to clearly articulate management and administrative plans
for the following program elements:
- Verification of scholarship candidates' eligibility, including
the recipients' academic merit, eligibility for security clearance
(see below), and enrollment in a nanotechnology-related program.
- Provision of scholarship amounts to be used for expenses normally
incurred by full-time students in the institution, including
tuition, room and board, and equipment. These shall be included
in participant support costs.
- Provision of academic-year stipends
at the levels specified below.
- Provisions for tracking the
academic progress of students to determine their continued
eligibility throughout the academic part of the program.
of student and program outcomes.
The Justification for Supplement should not exceed 8 pages.
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) will provide assistance in
identifying potential partners within the naval research enterprise.
Proposals should include a letter of support in the Supplementary
Docs section from the partner Navy R&D center indicating the
nature and level of the proposed collaborative activity.
ELIGIBILITY AND STIPEND:
Eligible undergraduate students must be US citizens who are juniors
or seniors eligible for security clearance (see below) with a GPA
of 3.0/4.0 or greater. Eligible graduate students must be US citizens
who are eligible for security clearance (see below) and ready to
commence full-time research, having passed any required qualifying
exams and completed most or all of the required course work, and
be involved in projects of mutual interest to their advisors and
the Navy. The award amounts will be:
||Actual tuition, fees, room, board and books
These costs should be included in the budget as participant support.
Funding should be requested to cover student travel to conferences
and a minimum of one NNCS required event per year. This should
also be included in the budget as participant support.
The Navy will administer the awards with the students and ensure
compliance with service requirements. Undergraduate and Masters
students who complete their degrees while supported by this program
and who elect to pursue an advanced degree will be allowed to re-apply
for support from this program.
ELIGIBILITY FOR SECURITY CLEARANCE:
After the award is made to the university, students recruited
into the program must demonstrate to the Navy their eligibility
for a security clearance. The student must provide a written curriculum
vita and proof of United States citizenship to the Navy in the
form of either a copy of a state birth certificate or passport.
All students will be expected to sign a contract agreeing to provide
one year of full-time service as a civilian employee of the Navy
following the completion of their degree for each year of support
they receive. Failure to provide the required service will obligate
the student to repay the full amount of the stipend and tuition
INDIRECT COST (F&A) LIMITATIONS:
No indirect costs may be charged on these supplements, but PIs
may request up to 10 percent of the total participant support budget
to address the management and administrative costs associated with
the program and may request up to an additional 5 percent of the
total participant support budget to cover expenses for curriculum,
laboratory, and faculty development costs in support of the program.
The Navy will provide support for the participation of mentors/co-PI
at the partnering naval facility.
A panel selected by NSF /Navy staff will review the proposals.
The deadline for
proposals is June 30, 2006. Awards will be made
by August 31, 2006.
Depending on the availability of funds and quality of proposals
we anticipate that we will fund up to a total of 14 awards for
two years at an award size not to exceed $250,000. The anticipated
funding amount for the NNCS Fellowship/Scholarship program is $3,500,000
for FY 2006 awards.
Potential PIs are encouraged to contact Dr. Deba Dutta, Acting
Director, Division of Graduate Education firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-292-7415)
at NSF to discuss details of the program. Those seeking help with
identifying potential Navy partners should contact Dr. Ernest McDuffie,
Deputy Director, N-Star (Ernest_McDuffie@onr.navy.mil, 703-696-6816)
We look forward to reviewing innovative and competitive proposals.
Richard O. Buckius
Acting Assistant Director, Directorate for
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