Notice of Intent to Sole Source: 49100418Q1009 - Booth Space at the American Astronomical Society 231st Meeting
The National Science Foundation (NSF) intends to negotiate a sole source purchase order with the American Astronomical Society (AAS) for booth space at the AAS 231st Meeting to be held January 8 through January 12, 2018.
NSF is the primary agency responsible for federal funding of ground-based astronomy in the United States. The American Astronomical Society is the primary professional society for U.S. astronomers, and their smeetings are the primary forum for community discussions about astronomy priorities, and for communication with the federal funding agencies who support their research. At the AAS meetings, NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences management personnel conduct a Town Hall meeting at which the community is informed of NSF activities, and at which a dialog with the community is conducted. Over the course of the four-day meeting, NSF staff use the exhibit booth to meet with numerous awardees, potential proposers, job candidates, and representatives of the managing organizations of major NSF-funded facilities; these meetings cover a variety of topics, including further interaction regarding the NSF Town Hall meeting and all NSF opportunities. There is no other equivalent opportunity during the year for this form of communication with the U.S ground-based astronomy community.
NSF plays a critical role in supporting and stimulating the advances that are needed for making numerous fundamental discoveries in the astronomical sciences. NSF is the only federal agency dedicated to the support of basic research and education in all fields of science and engineering.
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