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Division of Earth Sciences Express Update - Fall 2017 Vol. 3

EAR Express Update

EAR Express Update

December 1, 2017

We Would Like to Hear from You!

The National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for Geosciences (AC GEO) is updating its 2014 report, Dynamic Earth: GEO Imperatives & Frontiers 2015-2020 to incorporate recent developments and to explore future directions for the many disciplines supported by NSF’s Directorate for Geosciences (GEO).

With your input, AC GEO will develop a report that provides a clear picture of the exciting areas on the leading edge of the geosciences, captures the importance of curiosity-driven research to better understand our planet and its many interconnected systems, and explains the importance of the geosciences to our society and economy.

We welcome your perspective and suggestions on the content and organizational structure for our upcoming report.  Input can be sent to no later than Thursday, February 1, 2018.   Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this request. 


Attending #AGU17 Fall Meeting? Join NSF program directors at the "Navigating the NSF System" workshop on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 9:00 am in Room 338-339, Third Floor, MCCNO. Meet program directors, learn how to ask the right questions and give the right answers, and get funded! Brought to you by NSF, AGU and the Earth Science Women’s Network. Stop by the Directorate for Geosciences Booth #1731, too.


The Division of Earth Sciences is seeking qualified candidates for a program director in the Geophysics program. The Geophysics program supports basic research in the physics of the solid earth to explore its composition, structure, and processes using laboratory, field/observational, theoretical, and computational studies. The application deadline has been extended to December 4, 2017.


New solicitations have been released for some programs of interest to the Earth Science Community. Please read and take note of the changes to the following solicitations:
1. Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE): International Research Experiences for Students (IRES), National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT), Partners For Innovation (PFI)
2. EAR Instrumentation and Facilities (IF): Major Research Instrumentation (MRI)
3. Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH).

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2020, its budget is $8.3 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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