OSP FO# 11-140

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

PROGRAM: Cooperative Studies of the Earth’s Deep Interior (CSEDI)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for collaborative, interdisciplinary studies of the Earth’s interior within the framework of the community-based initiative known as Cooperative Studies of the Earth’s Deep Interior (CSEDI). CSEDI is a community initiative originally organized by members of the American Geophysical Union. The 2004 CSEDI Science Plan (www.csedi.org) outlines a framework for understanding “Circulation in the Deep Earth” over the coming decade. New technologies available to the community, coupled with unprecedented amounts of observational data call for a bold approach to future CSEDI research. CSEDI can realistically aim for a broad understanding of Earth’s inner dynamics, incorporating core evolution, mantle convection, the driving forces of plate tectonics, and the interaction between the interior, oceans and atmosphere. CSEDI provides a framework for capitalizing on the new observational, experimental and theoretical advances made possible by the current development of major seismological, experimental and computational facilities. Within the decade, the field is poised to make major advances in understanding:

- Cycling of water and carbon through Earth’s deep interior
- Operation and evolution of the geomagnetic dynamo
- Melting and other phase transitions in the deep mantle and core
- Deep mantle structure, temperature and composition
- Evolution, dynamics and rotation of the inner core
- Chemical and heat exchange between the core and mantle, and between the mantle and the surface.

The CSEDI Science Plan has organized these emerging research directions into three broad themes: (1) quantifying the deep water and carbon cycles would provide a crucial link in understanding how the oceans and atmosphere – and the biosphere they sustain – are linked to the interior, helping to clarify how Earth’s surface environment has evolved over geological time; (2) characterizing the deep-Earth engine would provide insight into the forces driving geological processes, including mountain building, earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics; and (3) understanding the planetary evolution of the Earth, the path it took to the present state, offers unique insights into the ways by which planets in general – and our own in particular – originate and develop. These themes are intended to be descriptive of earth research in a broad sense and not intended to be all-inclusive.

Projects must be truly integrated, accelerated, multi-disciplinary studies on these fundamental problems of the Earth’s deep interior. Emphasis is placed on cooperative, multi-disciplinary efforts for which the value of the collaboration exceeds the contributions from individual studies.

DEADLINE: September 26, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $2 million annually to support five to ten standard or continuing grants and cooperative agreements. Requests for scientific instrumentation and equipment included in standard research proposals generally should not exceed $50,000.

Sonia Esperanca, Program Director
Division of Earth Sciences
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 785 S
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8554
Fax: (703) 292-9025
Email: sesperan@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11548/nsf11548.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 11-548 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.