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Letter to the EAR Community


September 15, 2017

To the EAR community,

The Division of Earth Sciences is honored to serve the Earth Sciences research community by welcoming proposals submitted to its core, cross-cutting, education, and instrumentation and facilities programs. Starting in 2017 we are realigning these programs into two new sections. The Disciplinary Programs Section encompasses all our core programs, including Geophysics, Petrology and Geochemistry, Tectonics, Geobiology and Low Temperature Geochemistry, Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics, Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology, and Hydrologic Sciences. The Integrated Activities Section includes all our cross-cutting activities, including Instrumentation and Facilities (and Geoinformatics), Education and Human Resources, cross-division research programs Integrated Earth Systems, EarthScope, GeoPRISMS, Critical Zone Observatories, and Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change. This section also includes our division communications and analysis group.

We are seeking Section Heads for our new Disciplinary Processes and Integrative Activities Sections, and ask for your help in identifying strong applicants. Appointment to these Senior Executive Service positions may be on a career or on a one to three-year limited-term basis. Alternatively, the incumbent may be assigned under Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) provisions. The job announcement of the first of these positions, for Section Head of the Disciplinary Processes section, has been posted and may be found on USA Jobs at: www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/459469500?org=NSF. Applications are open until January 24, 2017. The other section head announcement will follow shortly.

With this realignment, we signal to our community that EAR values deep knowledge in core disciplines as well as integrative Earth science research. Both the Disciplinary Programs and Integrated Activities sections are composed of programs that support the entire spectrum of the Earth Sciences. But our mission is unchanged: to promote the progress of science by making awards that capitalize on new concepts in science and engineering and provide global leadership in advancing research and education.

Very best wishes for the New Year,
Carol D. Frost
Division Director
Division of Earth Sciences
National Science Foundation

This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date. Originally published Dec. 14, 2016.

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