NSF/AGS July 2022 Update-New Division Director, Request for Highlights and More

July 21, 2022



We are excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Anne Johansen as Director of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) effective August 14, 2022.  Dr. Johansen arrived at NSF on a rotator appointment in the Atmospheric Chemistry program in 2019 and was eventually selected as the Section Head for the Atmosphere Section in AGS.  Prior to NSF, she was Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at Central Washington University, where she also served as the Director of both the Environmental Studies Program and the Environmental Testing Laboratory. Dr. Johansen’s research has focused on trace metal chemistry in the atmosphere and surface waters in the context of environmental and human health, and she has advised many dozens of graduate and undergraduate student researchers. She holds a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.  Dr. Johansen’s appointment is a career Senior Executive Service and will not be term-limited.  AGS greatly thanks Dr. Candace Major for stepping into the Division Director role for the past year and a half.  Dr. Johansen can be reached at ajohanse@nsf.gov and Dr. Major at cmajor@nsf.gov.


New or updated solicitations:


  • The Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) program - NSF is seeking proposals from mid-career scientists who wish to substantively advance their research program and career trajectory. A primary objective of the MCA is to ensure that scientists and engineers remain engaged and active in cutting-edge research at a critical career stage replete with constraints on time that can impinge on research productivity, retention, and career advancement.  The submission window dates are February 1, 2023 to March 1, 2022
  • The latest Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) solicitation for the FY2023 competition has been posted.  We highly encourage participation in this program and note that the solicitation specifically points to the priorities laid out in the President’s 2023 budget request.  For NSF, the first bullet is climate research.  The application deadline for AGS is October 21st, 2022.  Please make your students aware of this opportunity.  https://nsfgrfp.org/




  • Call for nominations for the Alan T. Waterman Award - The Alan T. Waterman is the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Highest Honor. The award recognizes an outstanding early career researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the NSF. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 to use over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social, or other sciences at the institution of the recipient's choice.  NSF is seeking nominations for exceptional candidates that represent the diversity of the U.S. Nominations for the 2023 Alan T Waterman Award will be accepted from July 18 to September 16, 2022.  Please follow the link for instructions on nominations.
  • AGS would like to highlight some of our most interesting work to the NSF Director’s Office.  If you have scientific or broader impacts results that are especially compelling, including those related to administration priorities, please consider sending us a short highlight that describes these activities.  This could be as simple as a couple of paragraphs and a captivating image.  
  • As we are reaching the end of the current Fiscal Year, we ask that PIs please ensure that they are up to date on their Annual Reports.  Annual reports are required to release funds for any continuing grants, and overdue annual reports can hold up awards for yourself or any co-PIs.
  • A reminder that NSF’s disclosure requirements have changed.  The NSF Pre-award and Post-award Disclosures Relating to the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support has been updated as shown in this table.  Items checked in the table are required in their respective documents.  In addition, the Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Current and Pending Support have also been updated and new questions have been added.  
  • Please take a look at the July 2022 Geosciences Newsletter, which covers some of the above topics and more.

Thank you and best regards.


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

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