Astronomical Sciences (AST)
Astro2010 Decadal Survey and Portfolio Review
Dear Colleague Letter: AST Response to the Decadal Survey (NSF 15-044)
Dear Colleague Letter: MPS/AST Portfolio Divestment Options (NSF 14-022)
Report of the Portfolio Review Committee Released
NEW! Dear Colleague Letter: Concepts for Future Operation of the Arecibo Observatory (NSF 16-005)
Dear Colleague Letter: NSF/AST Response to the NRC Report "Optimizing the U.S. Ground-Based Optical and Infrared Astronomy System" (NSF 15-115)
Management and Operation of the Gemini Observatory (NSF 14-594)
Dear Colleague Letter – Optics and Photonics (NSF 14-091)
Management and Operation of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) (NSF 14-568)
MPS Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - Graduate Research Supplements (AGEP-GRS) Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 13-071)
Note about FY16 AAG Proposals
AST continues to be concerned about the burden placed on the community in the writing and reviewing of proposals, especially in light of low funding rates. Guided by this, AST is seriously considering placing a limit on the number of proposals submitted by an individual principal investigator (PI) or co-PI at the November 2016 AAG deadline. Other divisions of the NSF Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences already have taken similar steps with varying levels of restrictions. In preparation for this possible change, AST encourages members of the community to be responsible when considering whether or not to submit multiple proposals at the November 2015 deadline.
AST has a strong commitment to broadening participation of underrepresented groups including women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities. For further information, please see http://www.nsf.gov/mps/ast/broadening_participation/index.jsp.
MPS/AST: Advice to PIs on Data Management
NSF has published a revised version of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 11-1) that will require, in all proposals submitted , or due, on or after January 18, 2011, a supplementary document of no more than two pages describing a Data Management Plan for the proposed research. Fastlane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing the Data Management Plan. The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal, or both, as appropriate. The goal is to provide clear, effective, and transparent implementation of the long-standing NSF Policy on Dissemination and Sharing of Research Results.
Each Division within MPS has developed a set of information items to provide guidance to the communities served by that Division in preparing a Data Management Plan that will meet the goals of the NSF plan. For more information on the policy and process click here.
For the NSF FAQs on this subject, click here.
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