NSF Publishes Report on Awards and Strategic Activities in 2011

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).

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National Science Foundation Revises Award Terms and Conditions for 2012

NSF’s 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:

EOS Sun-to-Ice Project Awarded Grant by NSF Frontiers in Earth-System Dynamics (FESD) Program

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.

Researchers to Dig Deep Into Wyoming Basin for Global Warming Clues

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.”

UNH Receives NSF Grant to Study Changes in Climate, Population, and Land Use in Africa

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.

Guidelines Announced for UNH Competition to Select Project for NSF PIRE Program

Guidelines have been released for the internal pre-proposal competition UNH will conduct to select the one project from UNH allowed by NSF to be submitted to the 2011 Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program

NSF Announces PIRE Program RFP and Webinar

NSF has published the new solicitation for the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program.  The solicitation (NSF 11-564) describes a number of significant changes to this limited submission program, including:

National Robotics Initiative - New Multi-agency Program of NSF, NASA, NIH, and USDA

To accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside, or cooperatively with, people, several federal agencies have jointly announced the National Robotics Initiative.  

NSF Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Has New Proposal Submission Process

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.

The new deadlines for submitting proposals are:


September 06, 2011
May 21, 2012
January 28, 2013


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