NSF/AGS April Updates: Important PAPPG Change and Funding Opportunities

April 20, 2022


We hope you are well.  Below are a few important updates, including a potential new requirement for proposals involving field work, and funding opportunities in convergent science.

NSF Proposal Instructions

NSF has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a "For comment" draft of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 23-1).  Each year NSF updates the PAPPG with a variety of changes.  This year there is a significant change that will potentially affect many AGS PIs.  A new supplemental document entitled, “Plan for Safe and Inclusive Field/Vessel/Aircraft Research” has been added as a requirement for proposals involving field work.  See PAPPG Chapter II.C.2.i(xi)) (page 60-61 of the .pdf) for additional information regarding this new supplementary document.  If you have input on this requirement, NSF is accepting comments from the external community via the Federal Register link until cob June 13, 2022.


AGS is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Program Director in the Aeronomy Program. The position is available either as a permanent federal employee or a temporary (rotator) appointment.  The full position announcement is available on USAJobs at https://www.usajobs.gov/job/644692400 for permanent and https://www.usajobs.gov/job/644694000 for temporary rotator.  The position will remain open until May 20, 2022.  Questions about the position can be directed to: Alan Liu, Section Head for Geospace Science, email: zhualiu@nsf.gov.


 We highly encourage you to consider the 2022 Convergence Accelerator, which is aligned with the new NSF Technology, Innovation, and Partnership (TIP) Directorate.  Track J of the funding opportunity is Food & Nutrition Security, which will converge a wide range of disciplines to address intertwined challenges in supporting population health, combating climate change, and addressing the nutritional needs of the most vulnerable by empowering youth, women, and disadvantaged communities.  There are informational webinars on May 4th and 5th that you can register for here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/nsf-convergence-accelerator-32255371071

  • Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) - The Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) program invests in coordinated campus-level networking and cyberinfrastructure improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity.
  •  The updated CAREER solicitation has been released. 

NSF’s Strategic Plan

The new NSF 2022-2026 Strategic Plan has been released.

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Thank you and best regards,


Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS)
Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)
National Science Foundation (NSF)


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