The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published FY 2011 Performance and Financial Highlights
which summarizes the agency's budget, grant making activity, and progress
towards its strategic performance goals in 2011.
The report indicates that fewer proposals were submitted and
fewer awards were made in FY 2011 compared with FY 2010. As a result, NSF’s funding
rate was about the same for 2010 and 2011, and only slightly below the rate for
previous years (excepting 2009 when ARRA (stimulus) funds pushed the funding rate up significantly).
entire suite of Award Terms and Conditions (see full listing below) has been
revised to implement two new requirements, which are either mandated by
regulation or legislation. The
revised Terms and Conditions will apply to all new NSF awards and funding
amendments to existing NSF awards issued on or after February 1, 2012.
Each set of terms and conditions is
accompanied by a comprehensive summary of the
changes made to that document. In
addition to clarifications and other changes made to the conditions,
significant changes include:
An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) new Frontiers in Earth-System Dynamics (FESD) program to support a project that crosses the boundaries between space physics, atmospheric, and ice core science.
About 55 million years ago, the Earth burped up a massive release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere – an amount equivalent to burning all the petroleum and other fossil fuels that exist today. “And we don’t know where it came from,” says University of New Hampshire’s Will Clyde, associate professor of geology. “This is a big part of the carbon cycle that affected the climate system, and we don’t understand it.”
The University of New Hampshire has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study changes in land use and conservation around national parks in Africa as part of a larger investigation of tropical deforestation and degradation, which are major causes of global climate change.
The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) in the Directorate for
Biological Sciences (BIO) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is implementing
an eight month cycle for proposal submission and will initiate new procedures, on a trial basis, for
the submission and review of research proposals beginning in Fall, 2011.