Welcome to the New EAR to the Ground Platform
September 18, 2017
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date. Originally published Sept. 21, 2016.
As the Division Director for Earth Sciences in the Geosciences Directorate, it is my pleasure to welcome you to this new EAR to the Ground platform. This site represents a new way for the information that in the past we distributed in our EAR to the Ground quarterly newsletter. With this new platform, we can now disseminate more timely information about policies, procedures, activities, initiatives and perspectives of interest to the Earth Sciences research community.
We in the Earth Sciences Division are proud to work for a federal agency with a wonderful mission--to make awards to researchers who push back the frontiers of our science while promoting learning and broadening participation. Every day we get to help make this possible by accepting your research proposals filled with creative ideas. We take pride in helping to advance early career scientists and students. We support the full spectrum of institutions, from those with very high research activity to those focused on undergraduates.
We take our responsibility to advance geoscience departments and institutions across the country seriously. What job could be better?
The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2020 budget of $8.3 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.