About The Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST)
Pictured from left to right:
Top row: Chris Smith (MPS OAD), Ralph Gaume, Jim Neff, Hans Krimm, Martin Still, Luke Sollitt, Jonathan Williams, Chris Davis, Ed Ajhar.
Middle row: Glen Langston, Nigel Sharp, Ashley Zauderer, Matt Benacquista, Peter Kurczynski (departed NSF in July 2020), Rich Barvainis (departed NSF in December 2020), Harshal Gupta.
Front row: Donna O'Malley, Liz Pentecost, Ivy Kupec (OLPA).
Not pictured from AST: Renee Adonteng, Allison Farrow, James Higdon, Sarah Higdon, Craig McClure, David Morris, Zoran Ninkov, Joe Pesce, Marc Seigar, Matt Viau.
The Astronomical Sciences Division supports:
- Forefront research in ground-based astronomy; to help ensure the scientific excellence of the U.S. astronomical community;
- Provides access to world-class Research Facilities through merit review;
- Supports development of New Instrumentation and next-generation facilities; and
- Encourages broad understanding of the astronomical sciences by a Diverse Population of scientists, policy makers, educators, and the public at large.
The Division supports research in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics as well as related multidisciplinary studies. Because of the scale of modern astronomical research, the Division engages in numerous interagency and international collaborations. Areas of emphasis and the priorities of specific programs are guided by community recommendations, which have been developed and transmitted by National Research Council decadal surveys and by federal advisory committees.
The Astronomy Division is always seeking community guidance through NSF's Merit review process. Please serve as a reviewer!
The AST staff serve the community through facilities management and Astronomical research awards to investigators.
The Astronomy division participates in 65 solicitations supporting many different aspects of astronomical research, education and outreach.
The major research awards program is the Astronomy and Astrophysics Grants solicitation.
An important part of the Astronomy Division's effort is supporting technology development and instrumentation. Several different soliciations request proposals for different research projects.
- Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI)
- Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
- Mid-scale Research Infrastructure (MSRI)
The NSF astronomy facilites are located in many states in the US, plus on most continents, including the South Pole.
The NSF Astonomy division seeks participation from all segments of the population.
NSF Astronomy Division has several funding opportunities to help broaden participation.
- Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education (PAARE)
- Education and Special Programs (ESP)
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
- NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships (AAPF)
- Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
Reviewing proposals is a great way to learn the Astronomy Community's research priorities. Reviewing proposals also aids investigators in learning how compelling proposals are written.
Please register your proposal review preferences in this survey.