OSP FO# 11-233

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)/SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA)

PROGRAM: SBE Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Follow-up Research Starter Grants (MPRF)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides opportunities for recent doctoral scientists belonging to under-represented groups in science and engineering to obtain additional training, to gain research experience under the sponsorship of established scientists, and to broaden their scientific horizons beyond their research experiences during their undergraduate or graduate training. These fellowships support training and research in a broad range of disciplines and in interdisciplinary areas in the social, behavioral and economic sciences.

The Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division funds research to develop and advance scientific knowledge on human cognition, language, social behavior and culture, as well as on the interactions between human societies and the physical environment including the implications of nanotechnology on environment and society. The Division of Social and Economic Sciences supports research to enhance our understanding of human, social and organizational behavior by building social science infrastructure, advancing social science methods, and supporting disciplinary and interdisciplinary research projects that advance knowledge in the social and economic sciences.

These fellowships are designed to assist new scientists in directing their research efforts across traditional disciplinary lines and to avail themselves of unique research resources, sites, and facilities, including foreign locations.

In addition to fellowships this program also provides funding for Research Starter Grants, which allow Fellows to apply through an NSF eligible U.S. academic institution for a one-year research starter grant to initiate an independent research program. To qualify for the starter grant the Fellow must hold a tenure–track position.  No more than one year may have elapsed since completion of the Fellowship.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Applicants may submit only one fellowship application per year. NSF postdoctoral fellowships are awards to individuals, and applications are submitted directly by the applicant to the NSF. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or legally admitted permanent resident aliens of the United States. Fellows must affiliate with an appropriate research institution (e.g., colleges and universities, government and national laboratories and facilities, and privately-sponsored nonprofit institutes and museums, and, under special conditions, for-profit organizations) and are expected to devote themselves full time to the fellowship activities for the duration of the fellowship. Fellowship applicants must have earned their doctoral degree in an appropriate scientific field no more than 30 months before the deadline date of the application or plan to earn this degree no more than one year after the deadline date, have completed no more than 12 months (or full time equivalent) in a post doctoral research or lectureship position prior to the award, have not accepted any other full-time employment for the term of the fellowship, have proposed a research and training plan that falls within the program areas of SBE; and have explicitly explained in the proposal how the fellowship award will broaden participation of underrepresented minorities in the U.S.

For Research Starter Grants, U.S. Academic institutions may apply on behalf of Fellowship awardees in tenure track positions at the institution within 1 year of conclusion of the Fellowship.

DEADLINES: October 17, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The NSF expects to make approximately 12 total awards under this program.  The total fellowship amount is $60,000 per year and consists of three separate types of payments. The annual stipend of $45,000 is paid monthly in installments of $3,750 directly to the post-doctoral fellow as an electronic funds transfer into a personal account at a financial institution. A research allowance of $10,000 per year is paid as a lump sum to the Fellow in the same manner for expenses directly related to the conduct of the research, such as materials and supplies, subscription fees and recovery costs for databases, travel, travel to the PI Meeting/Workshop, and publication expenses. An institutional allowance of $5,000 per year is paid to the host institution for fringe benefits, including health insurance payments for the Fellow, and for expenses incurred in support of the Fellow, such as space, equipment, and general-purpose supplies. There are no allowances for dependents or travel allowances separate from the research allowance.

For Research Starter Grants, the maximum award is $50,000 for the one-year duration of the award.

Fahmida N. Chowdhury, Program Director
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 905 N
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-4672
Fax: (703) 292-9083
Email: fchowdhu@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09595/nsf09595.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 09-595 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.