OSP FO# 11-030

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)/Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS)

PROGRAM: Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (AGS-PRF)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for scientists early in their careers to obtain training beyond their graduate education. The AGS-PRF is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential and provide them with research experiences that will broaden perspectives, facilitate interdisciplinary interactions and establish them in positions of leadership within the scientific community.

AGS supports research to add new understanding of the behavior of Earth’s atmosphere and its interactions with the Sun. Included are:

  • Studies of the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of Earth’s upper and lower atmosphere and its space environment.
  • Research on climate processes and variations.
  • Studies to understand the natural global cycles of gases and particles in Earth’s atmosphere.

NSF also provides support for participation by the United States scientific community in international scientific research endeavors, such as the World Climate Research Program.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the cognizant program officer to discuss the appropriateness of their research for funding.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen (or national) or legally admitted permanent resident of the United States (i.e., have a “green card”) at the time of application.

Applicants must currently be a graduate student, or have held a PhD degree in a scientific or engineering field for no more than 3 years prior to the award start date, and must not have submitted concurrently the same project to another NSF program.

A post-doctoral researcher may only submit one application to this program per year.

DEADLINES: April 11, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The NSF will provide approximately $1.7 million to fund ten fellowships.

The fellowships are two-year awards in the amount of $86,000 per year consisting of three components:

1.  A stipend of $58,000 per year paid monthly at the rate of $4,833 directly to the Fellow as an electronic funds transfer into a personal account at a financial institution;

2.  An allowance of $19,000 per year is paid as a lump sum to the Fellow at the beginning of the first and second years of the Fellowship to support Fellowship activities such as materials and supplies, use or purchase of equipment, computing resources, publication charges, subscription fees, and travel. This allowance includes funds to attend one AGS-PRF Workshop during the award period;

3.  An annual benefit allowance of $9,000 in support of fringe benefits, including health insurance provided through either a group plan offered by the host organization or an individual plan secured by the Fellow, dental and/or vision insurance, disability insurance, retirement, dependent care, and moving expenses.

Awardees must begin the Fellowship within 12 months of notification of an award and tenure begins on the first of the month. Interruptions in tenure or extensions without additional cost to NSF are permitted only for extenuating circumstances, including parental leave for the birth or adoption of children.

AGENCY CONTACT:
C. Susan Weiler, Program Director
Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS)
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 775 S
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-4708
Fax: (703) 292-9023
Email: cweiler@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11521/nsf11521.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact A. Brink Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 11-521 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.