OSP FO# 11-229

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Office of Polar Programs (OPP)/Division of Arctic Sciences (ARC)/Division of Antarctic Sciences (ANT)

PROGRAM: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Polar Regions Research

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to develop and train new investigators in polar regions research with concomitant goals to: (a) promote scientific research in polar regions; (b) support innovative research in emerging areas; (c) encourage interdisciplinary research; (d) foster activities that create broader impacts for science and society and (e) increase the participation of underrepresented groups. In order to meet these goals, this program supports postdoctoral training and research on any aspect of scientific study of the Antarctic and/or the Arctic, and separately offers travel grants to eligible candidates so that they may first visit prospective sponsoring organizations.

Fellowship candidates, in collaboration with sponsoring scientists, are encouraged to propose research and training plans that outline opportunities relevant to their career goals, such as developing novel conceptual approaches, enhancing technical skills, gaining field or teaching experience, participating in education and outreach activities, or forming industry partnerships. Each candidate must identify the support and commitment of a sponsoring scientist and a U.S. host organization before preparing a fellowship proposal. Co-sponsors and multiple research/training sites are permitted and may be particularly appropriate to pursue collaborative opportunities such as interdisciplinary research, industry partnerships, teaching experiences, or outreach activities.

Travel grants are competitively available to eligible candidates to meet prospective sponsoring scientists in their host organizations before submitting a postdoctoral fellowship proposal. Travel grants facilitate visits to one or two organizations to meet prospective mentors and colleagues, to present seminars, to discuss mutual research and/or education interests, to evaluate facilities and professional development opportunities, and to initiate collaborative relationships. Proposals for travel grants should follow preliminary discussions between candidates and their prospective sponsoring scientists, require justifications for the selection of the proposed host organization(s) and sponsoring scientist(s), the purpose of each trip, and the anticipated travel budget. Prospective sponsoring scientists must indicate both agreement with the proposed travel plans and support for the candidate’s potential affiliation with the host organization as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Please see the program announcement for further program details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Fellowships and travel funds are awarded to individuals and the candidates should submit fellowship or travel proposal directly to NSF. Candidates may submit only one fellowship proposal for each deadline, but there is no limit on the number of candidates or fellows that an organization may host.

A candidate must: (1) be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident alien in the United States; (2) have earned a doctoral degree in an appropriate scientific field within four years prior to the proposal deadline or will complete a doctoral degree no more than 1 year after the proposal deadline date; (3) have not participated in postdoctoral training for a combined full-time-equivalent duration of more than three years or provides a statement that justifies further postdoctoral training; (4) propose a sponsoring U.S. organization that differs from the doctoral-granting institution or provides a statement that justifies continuing at his or her doctoral-granting institution; (5) have not previously held a federal research grant, with the exception of graduate fellowships and other sources of individual student support; and (6) submit a research plan that has not been submitted in another proposal to any Federal agency.

Fellowship Proposal Deadline: October 18, 2011
Travel Grant Proposals may be submitted at anytime.

FUNDING INFORMATION: The NSF anticipates providing $1 million to fund five fellowships and ten to fifteen travel grants. Indirect costs are not allowed in either fellowships or travel grants. Fellowships provide an institutional allowance of $5,000 in lieu of indirect costs.

Fellowships will provide up to $75,000 per year for one, two, or three years. Fellowship funds include: an annual stipend of $50,000, paid monthly directly to the fellow; an annual research allowance of up to $11,000 in support of proposed research and training activities; an annual institutional allowance of $5,000 for expenses incurred in support of the fellow such as general purpose supplies, the use of equipment and facilities and fringe benefits exclusive of health insurance; and an annual health insurance allowance of up to $3,600 for a single fellow, up to $6,000 for a fellow with one dependent, and up to $9,000 for a fellows with two or more dependents. For field research, funding is available in addition to the annual $75,000 amount.

Travel grants will not exceed $3,000 per recipient in support of travel and per diem expenses incurred during visits to one or two prospective host organizations before submitting a postdoctoral fellowship proposal.

Peter West
Outreach & Education Program Manager
Office of Polar Programs
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 755 S
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-7530
Email: pwest@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09612/nsf09612.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted via FastLane, NSF’s web-based system for proposal submission and review. 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. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through FastLane.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 09-612 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.