OSP FO# 11-230

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

PROGRAM: Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to increase participation in geoscience careers by members of certain groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in geoscience disciplines. The program is designed to expand opportunities for students from underrepresented groups to participate in geoscience research and education activities. An important but secondary goal is to strengthen the understanding of the geosciences, their contribution and relevance to modern society by a broad and diverse segment of the population, with the ultimate goal of bringing more members of underrepresented groups into geoscience disciplines. OEDG supports projects that increase the number of members of underrepresented groups that: (a) are involved in formal pre-college geoscience education programs; (b) pursue associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the geosciences; (c) enter geoscience careers; and (d) participate in informal geoscience education programs. Proposals should be firmly grounded in the results of current research about the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM fields in general, and the geosciences in particular.

Underrepresented groups include persons with disabilities and members of those racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in science, mathematics and engineering, particularly in the geosciences: African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans (American Indians and Alaskan Natives), and Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesians or Micronesians).

The OEDG program for FY2012 consists of the following track:

OEDG Planning Grants: This Track supports planning workshops, conferences, symposia and related short-term activities that facilitate either: 1) development of new strategic plans to implement systemic, community-wide programs to broaden participation in the geosciences; or, 2) development of new partnerships or collaborations between multiple institutions seeking to establish sustainable projects that address the goals of the OEDG Program. OEDG Planning Grants offer up to 12 months of funding, not to exceed $40,000.

Please see the program announcement for further program details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Institutions may obtain funding for only one Planning Grant proposal over the lifetime of this solicitation and are not eligible to submit a Planning Grant proposal if they have received an OEDG Planning Grant through solicitation NSF 08-605.

DEADLINES: October 5, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $3.6 million per year between FY 2011 and FY 2014. A total of 61 awards is anticipated over the lifetime of this solicitation, with 5 Planning Grant awards being made during the FY 2012 competition.

Planning Grant awards are for a maximum duration of 12 months. The maximum allowable funding request under the Planning Grant Track is $40,000.

Jill L. Karsten
Program Director for Education and Diversity
Directorate for Geosciences
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 705 N
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-7718
Fax: (703) 292-9042
Email: jkarsten@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10599/nsf10599.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 10-599 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.