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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

Special Announcements

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)

Dear Colleague Letter - National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) (NSF 13-074)

MPS Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - Graduate Research Supplements (AGEP-GRS) Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 13-071)

Dear Colleague Letter: National Radio Astronomy Observatory  (NSF 12-087)

Note about FY15 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 2015 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 2014 deadline.

Broadening Participation

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.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

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Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (ATI)
Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG)
Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA)
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
Education and Special Programs (ESP)
bullet Faculty Early Career Development Program  (CAREER) NSF Wide Flag
bullet Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education  (PAARE)
bullet Research Experiences for Undergraduates  (REU) NSF Wide Flag
Electromagnetic Spectrum Management (ESM)
Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS)
Gemini Observatory
Management and Operation of the Gemini Observatory
Management and Operation of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
Management and Operation of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP) (MSIP)
National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC)
National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
National Solar Observatory (NSO)
NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships (AAPF)
NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering
Planning a Partnership Model for a Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2 (SI2-S2I2) Crosscutting
Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - SSE & SSI (SI2-SSE&SSI) Crosscutting
Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Networks (TCAN)
University Radio Observatories Program (AST-URO)

Featured NSF-wide Programs

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers NSF Wide Flag

Faculty Early Career Development Program NSF Wide Flag

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry NSF Wide Flag

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: NSF Wide Flag

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Posted May 5, 2015

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Posted March 10, 2015

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2
(NSF  15-553) Posted March 6, 2015

Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum
(NSF  15-550) Posted March 2, 2015

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  15-542) Posted February 5, 2015


Upcoming Due Dates See All

Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum
(NSF  15-550) Full Proposal: June 2, 2015

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2
(NSF  15-553) Full Proposal: June 3, 2015, Implementation Proposals

Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  14-547) Full Proposal: June 9, 2015

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
(NSF  14-600) Full Proposal: June 16, 2015

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  13-594) Letter of Intent: June 26, 2015


Discoveries See All

sun filtered in blue and red Techniques to prove or disprove existence of other planets
Astronomers developed technology while studying Gliese 581
Released  March 6, 2015

Saul Perlmutter Scientist who helped discover the expansion of the universe is accelerating
Breakthrough Prize winner continues investigating fundamental physics of the world
Released  February 3, 2015

UCLA astrophysicist  Andrea Ghez After the Lecture...
NSF-funded UCLA astrophysicist Andrea Ghez on probing our galaxy’s supermassive black hole
Released  December 5, 2014

Jaquelin Erazo Making stars
Astronomy program provides tools, support to enhance diversity
Released  October 7, 2014




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