OSP FO# 11-055

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)/Division of Earth Sciences (EAR)

PROGRAM: Continental Dynamics (CD)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for multidisciplinary research to provide an improved understanding of the processes governing the origin, structure, composition, and dynamical evolution of the continents and continental building blocks. Studies of continental dynamics require combinations of geological, geophysical and geochemical studies in the context of major studies of modern processes and three-dimensional structure and should include the concept of a field laboratory. Each field area would become an outdoor laboratory, in which techniques such as sampling, mapping, geophysical studies and drilling are combined over a number of years and a number of investigators. Data and samples originate in the field laboratory and are then taken indoors where many participating investigators engaged in sample analysis, computer modeling, and data processing will work together to develop quantitative synthesis. This program is particularly interested in projects with complexity and scope that require cooperative or multi-institutional approaches, and multi-year planning and execution. The intent of this program is to fund large projects that do not fit easily into other NSF Earth Science programs and have broad support of major sections of the Earth Science community.

Criteria that will normally characterize research projects supported by this program include the following:

  • Be interdisciplinary, requiring coordination of efforts in geophysics, geology, and geochemistry;
  • Be critically dependent on the ability to mobilize high technology tools for acquisition of data in the field, for study of materials in the laboratory, and for modeling systems on the computer;
  • Include three-dimensional study of the subsurface by geophysical means, direct measurement of plate motions, detailed monitoring of earthquakes and of deformation near plate boundaries, and instrumentation and sampling of the subsurface through drilling

For more information, please consult the program announcement below.

Pre-proposals (optional): April 1, 2011
Full proposals: November 15, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The NSF anticipates providing $10.25 million to make twenty to thirty standard or continuing grants or cooperative agreements. Future funding is estimated to be similar. Project size, duration, scope and funding will vary and is subject to the availability of funds.

Leonard E. Johnson, Program Director
Directorate for Geosciences
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 785 S
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8559
Fax: (703) 292-9025
Email: lejohnso@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04512/nsf04512.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the NSF FastLane system. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamis@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. 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 04-512 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.