OSP FO# 11-157

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

PROGRAM: Solar, Heliospheric, and INterplanetary Environment (SHINE)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to investigate the connections between eruptive events and magnetic phenomena on the Sun and the corresponding solar wind structures in the inner heliosphere. This program supports the research activities of the community-based organization SHINE, an affiliation of researchers within the solar, interplanetary, and heliospheric communities, dedicated to promoting enhanced understanding of and predictive capabilities for solar processes which affect the interplanetary medium, especially those which create heliospheric disturbances. SHINE fosters research on the processes by which energy in the form of magnetic fields and particles are produced by the Sun and/or accelerated in interplanetary space and on the mechanisms by which these fields and particles are transported to the Earth through the inner heliosphere. The goal of the research is to enhance both physical understanding and predictive capabilities for solar driven geoeffective events. Research should be directly related to topics under consideration and discussion at community workshops organized by SHINE. Studies that use multiple data sources and which combine theory/modeling with analysis of observations are especially encouraged.

Major topics under study by SHINE include: variations in the solar wind, interplanetary magnetic field, and plasma structure; the initiation and propagation of coronal mass ejections (CMEs); and the production, transport, and acceleration of energetic particles. Proposals that utilize a broad range of approaches and methods are encouraged, but the relationship of the research to SHINE goals must be made clear. Topics of relevance include, but are not limited to:

(1) Solar properties of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and related phenomena, including their ultimate origin, precursors, and near-Sun evolution;
(2) Interplanetary characteristics of CMEs, including their propagation through, and their interaction with, the background solar wind, including the linking of interplanetary and near-Sun phenomena;
(3) Acceleration of solar energetic particles by eruptive phenomena on the Sun, such as flares and CMEs, and their subsequent transport and shock acceleration in the interplanetary medium;
(4) Quasi-steady structure of the corona and interplanetary medium, as it relates to geoeffective phenomena in general (this includes understanding or characterizing the background solar wind and how it evolves, and its relationship to solar structures such as coronal holes, streamers, and filaments); and
(5) Solar cycle dependence of the above phenomena.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

DEADLINE: August 17, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF intends to commit $2 million to fund approximately 6-8 standard or continuing grants. Proposals may be submitted for up to $200,000 per year for up to five years. Grants may be awarded in a wide variety of sizes and durations; however, the typical duration is expected to be for three years. In exceptional cases, awards for up to five years may be considered if the justification and promise are compelling.

Paul Bellaire, Program Director
Division of Atmospheric Sciences
Directorate for Geociences
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard Room 775 S
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8529
Fax: (703) 292-9023
Email: pbellair@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04585/nsf04585.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 04-585 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.