AGS December 2019 Updates

January 8, 2020

December 3, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Several AGS staff members will be attending the AGU centennial meeting next week. We hope to see you, either at the NSF booth, , the sessions or else the hallways of Moscone!

Just a word on two relevant townhalls: (i) The Solar Physics and Astronomy (SPA) Town Hall is scheduled for 6:15 to 7:15 PM PT, Monday, December 9, 2019 in Moscone West 2005; and (ii) the NSF GEO Town Hall is scheduled for 12:30-1:30 PM PT, Tuesday December 10, 2019 in Moscone West – 2003.

I’m sharing several cross-directorate and/or interagency funding opportunities that may be of interest (see below).

The last item below provides the new webpage at NSF that consolidates information on topics related to the responsible and ethical conduct of research.

Best wishes

Anjuli S. Bamzai, PhD

Division Director
Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS)
Geosciences Directorate (GEO)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria VA 22314

Tel:  703 292 8688
Fax: 703 292 9082

Next Generation Software for Data-driven Models of Space Weather with Quantified Uncertainties (SWQU)

NSF 20-519 is a joint NSF-NASA solicitation. GEO, MPS and CISE directorates are participating directorates within NSF.

National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institutes solicitation

This is a new cross-directorate solicitation on Artificial Intelligence Institutes.  The following agencies are also participating: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)

Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) is one of the National Science Foundation's 10 Big Ideas. A new solicitation, NSF 20-514, was recently published. It requests proposals that bring together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. 

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (IUSE: GEOPAths)

IUSE:GEOPAths invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to education within the geosciences through the formation of STEM Learning Ecosystems that engage students in the study of the Earth, its oceans, polar regions and atmosphere.

EarthCube: Developing a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Geosciences

EarthCube is a community-driven activity sponsored through a partnership between the NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) and the NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) in the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering's (CISE) to transform research in the geosciences. 

  1. Science-Enabling Capabilities and Pilots: This opportunity builds capabilities to improve geosciences data use and reuse for observational, experimental, and computational research that is interoperable with emerging standards and resources. It also solicits pilot efforts to integrate different datasets and tools from multiple GEO disciplines. Full proposal deadline is March 12, 2020.
  2. EarthCube Research Coordination Networks (RCNs): This opportunity supports the formation of RCNs closely tied to the science and data needs of core geosciences programs and domains supported by GEO. Full proposal target date is March 12, 2020.

Resources on Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research

There is a new web page on that consolidates information on topics related to the responsible and ethical conduct of research:

The path from the home page,, is through “About NSF” and, in the second column of choices, “Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research.” In addition, Program Officers John Parker and Fred Kronz have added  new information resources to assist researchers and educators with incorporating responsible and ethical conduct of research into their teaching and mentoring.  You can see these resources by choosing the first link on the landing page, called “America COMPETES Act RECR Training Requirements, “ or go directly to:

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