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Three NSF Solicitations Hit the Streets

NSF Notice

Opportunities Span Research and Education from Early-Career to International


May 23, 2019

Three National Science Foundation (NSF) directorate and foundation-wide funding opportunities were recently released:

  • last solicitation for the GeoPRISMS (Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins) program;
  • updated solicitation for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites and Supplements; and 
  • Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) for international CAREER and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship opportunities.

GeoPRISMS

The GeoPRISMS solicitation, NSF 19-581, delineates three types of activities, which may be submitted individually or combined as part of one multi-faceted project: 1) integrative research projects, 2) conferences and short courses and 3) legacy products. 

Postdoctoral scholar proposals are still welcome. The deadline for type 1 and postdoctoral scholars is Aug. 16, 2019. Type 2 and 3 proposals must be submitted by March 2, 2020. If you have questions, please reach out to the Earth Sciences GeoPRISMS Program Director Jennifer Wade.

REU Sites and Supplements

The REU Sites and Supplements solicitation, NSF 19-582, has increased the suggested allowances for student stipends and other student costs. 

Full proposal deadline is 5 p.m. submitter's local time on Aug. 28, 2019. If you have questions, please email reu.ear@nsf.gov or Earth Sciences Education and Human Resources Program Director Aisha Morris.

International CAREER Opportunities

A recent DCL for international CAREER opportunities, NSF 19-062, was released to further scientific and technological cooperation between the United States and the European Community. The European Research Council and NSF signed an Implementing Arrangement to enable U.S.-based scientists and engineers with NSF-funded CAREER awards and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to pursue research collaboration with European colleagues.

The European hosts support in-country living expenses during the visit, and NSF provides travel funds to and from Europe. Research visits will be funded for NSF CAREER awardees as supplements to their awards. Supplemental funding requests will be prepared in accordance with standard policies and procedures using FastLane following consultation with the cognizant NSF program officer. Please reach out to Sonia Esperança with CAREER questions and Luciana Astiz with Postdoctoral Research Fellowship questions.

Click here for a full list of upcoming NSF proposal due dates and opportunities.


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