OSP FO# 11-132

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

PROGRAM: Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)

OBJECTIVES: This program supports research focused on improving the understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution of the Earth and the processes that govern the formation and behavior of the Earth’s materials. The results of Earth Science research contribute to a better understanding of the Earth’s changing environments, the natural distribution of its mineral, water, and energy resources, and provide methods for predicting and mitigating the effects of geologic hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, and landslides.

Human resource development and education are expected to be an integral part of all proposals submitted to EAR/IF. Proposals requesting equipment, infrastructure or personnel that will serve disciplines outside the Earth sciences may be jointly reviewed with other programs within the Foundation. EAR/IF submission is appropriate for proposals that include equipment only. However, equipment needs that are linked to the conduct of a specific research project being proposed to NSF/EAR may be included within the budget of a proposal submitted to an appropriate EAR research program. 

This program will consider proposals in the following four categories:

(1) Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment: This area accepts proposals for the acquisition of new research equipment or the modernization of existing equipment. Documentation of any planned interdisciplinary uses of requested equipment is encouraged. The IF Program considers the ability of institutions to operate and provide technical support for complex equipment during its expected lifetime a review criterion. Such proposals may be submitted at any time on or after July 26, 2012.
(2) Development of New Instrumentation, Analytical Techniques or Software: This program area accepts proposals seeking support for the development of new instrumentation, analytical techniques, or software that extend current research capabilities in the Earth sciences. Investigators seeking to develop new instrumentation, analytical techniques, or software should demonstrate that a community of geoscientists is actively interested in the new capability.
(3) Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities: This program area is for investigators seeking to establish or continue support of a national or regional multi-user facility. In general, support for national or regional multi-user facilities is reserved for groups that seek to offer expensive or specialized analytical laboratory or field equipment and services to the broader geosciences community. Typically, EAR/IF looks for specialized leadership capabilities and the availability of adequate and appropriate supporting infrastructure and personnel.
(4) Support for Early Career Investigators: This program area supports the expedient development and operation of new laboratory or field equipment resources proposed by the next generation of leaders in the Earth Sciences. Proposals in this area should come from early career investigators (those in a tenure track position but not tenured at the time of submission) who seek to establish new laboratory or field equipment facilities and would demonstrably benefit from the availability of dedicated full-time technical support in the initial years following establishment.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

Full Proposal Target Date: July 26, 2012
Proposals for Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment will not be accepted until July 26, 2012. Post July 26, 2012, proposals for Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment will be accepted at any time.
Full Proposal Deadline: Proposals Accepted Anytime
Proposals for the Development of New Instrumentation, Analytical Techniques or Software, Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities and Support for Early Career Investigators will be accepted at any time henceforth.

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $7 million annually for 30-50 new awards, subject to the availability of funds. Awards may be standard or continuing grants or cooperative agreements.

David Lambert, Program Director
Directorate for Geosciences
Division of Earth Sciences
The National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 790
Arlington VA. 22230
Telephone: 703-292-8558
Fax: (703) 292-9023
Email: dlambert@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11544/nsf11544.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 India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. 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 web site 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 11-544 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.