New Funding Opportunities for GeoPRISMS-Related Proposals


UPDATE – DEADLINE EXTENDED FROM SEPT 11 TO SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 EAR Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF) | Solicitation NSF18-565

Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 12, 2019

September 9, 2020

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) awards Postdoctoral Fellowships to recent recipients of doctoral degrees to conduct an integrated program of independent research and professional development. Fellowship proposals must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplinary programs and must align with the overall theme for the postdoctoral program. The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice (including institutions abroad). The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with research experience, mentorship, and training that will establish them in leadership positions in the Earth Sciences community. Because the fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their career, doctoral advisors are encouraged to discuss the availability of EAR postdoctoral fellowships with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the Fellows.

For questions about the EAR Postdoctoral Fellowship program, please send a message to: earpf (at) nsf.gov. For questions about the EAR Postdoctoral Fellowship program, please check the FAQs at NSF 17-122, and if your question is not answered there, please send a message to earpf (at) nsf.gov.


A new Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) relating to Coastlines & People, or CoPe, has been released by NSF’s Directorates for Geosciences (GEO), Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Biological Sciences (BIO), Engineering (ENG), Education and Human Resources (EHR) and the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA):

https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19059/nsf19059.jsp

Through CoPe, NSF is interested in supporting projects to build capacity and explore research focused on understanding the impacts of coastal environmental variability and natural hazards on populated coastal regions. This DCL announces opportunities for RCNs, EAGERs, Conferences, and INTERN supplements. CoPe projects should explore the complex interface between coastal natural processes, geohazards, people and their natural and built environments. CoPe will include coastal variability and hazards on a range of spatial and temporal scales, from local to global and seconds to millenia to put current changes in context of pre-anthropogenic changes.

Questions can be directed to NSFcope@nsf.gov.


Frontier Research in the Earth Sciences (FRES) | Solicitation NSF 19-531

Target Date: February 5, 2020

The FRES program will support research in Earth systems from its core through the critical zone. The project may focus on all or part of the surface, continental lithospheric, and deeper Earth systems over the entire range of temporal and spatial scales. FRES projects will typically have a larger scientific scope and budget than those considered for funding by core programs in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR). FRES projects may be interdisciplinary studies that do not fit well within the core programs or cannot be routinely managed by sharing between core programs. Innovative proposals within a single area with results that will have broad relevance to Earth Science research are also encouraged. Investigations may employ any combination of field, laboratory, and computational studies with observational, theoretical, or experimental approaches. Projects should be focused on topics that meet the guidelines for research funded by the Division of Earth Sciences.


Marine Geology and Geophysics (MG&G) | Solicitation PD 17-1620

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

The Marine Geology and Geophysics program supports research on all aspects of geology and geophysics of the ocean basins and margins, as well as the Great Lakes.

The Program supports science that includes:

Structure, composition, tectonics, and evolution of the oceanic lithosphere
Paleoceanography, paleoclimate, and sea level change
Submarine volcanology, petrology and geochemistry of the oceanic crust and upper mantle
Marine hydrogeology, seeps and gas hydrates, water-rock interaction, and hydrothermal vent and fluid formation and geochemistry
Geochemical indicators of life operating below the seafloor
Marine sedimentology and coastal processes, stratigraphy, sediment transport, and diagenesis
Mid-ocean ridge spreading, back-arc rifting, transform processes, and ocean island/seamount formation and evolution
Submarine components of subduction zone systems and passive margins
Marine geohazards (e.g., earthquakes, faulting, mass wasting, geological aspects of tsunamis)
The Marine Geology and Geophysics Program is interested in supporting new ideas and cutting-edge research. It supports field, analytical, and laboratory experimental projects; methods development; modeling; and the re-analysis and/or synthesis of existing data. The Program interfaces with NSF programs across the Geosciences and across the Agency. For proposals that cross between Programs, proposers should contact the relevant Programs to seek guidance on submission.


Geophysics (PH) | Solicitation 17-554

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

The Geophysics Program supports basic research in the physics of the solid earth to explore its composition, structure, and processes from the Earth’s surface to its’ deepest interior. Laboratory, field, theoretical, and computational studies are supported. Topics include (but are not limited to) seismicity, seismic wave propagation, and the nature and occurrence of geophysical hazards; the Earth’s magnetic, gravity, and electrical fields; the Earth’s thermal structure; and geodynamics. Supported research also includes geophysical studies of active deformation, including geodesy, and theoretical and experimental studies of the properties and behavior of Earth materials.


Petrology and Geochemistry (CH) | Solicitation 17-547

Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

The Petrology and Geochemistry Program supports basic research on the formation of planet Earth, including its accretion, early differentiation, and subsequent petrologic and geochemical modification via igneous and metamorphic processes. Proposals in this program generally address the petrology and high-temperature geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks (including mantle samples), mineral physics, economic geology, and volcanology. Proposals that are focused on the development of analytical tools, theoretical and computational models, and experimental techniques for applications by the igneous and metamorphic petrology, and high temperature geochemistry and geochronology communities are also invited.


Geoinformatics (GI) | Solicitation NSF 19-561

Full Proposal Deadline Date: August 15, 2019

The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) will consider proposals for the development of cyberinfrastructure (CI) for the Earth Sciences (Geoinformatics). EAR-supported geoinformatics opportunities will fit into three tracks: Catalytic track, Facility track, and Sustainability track. These tracks broadly support the lifecycle of geoinformatics resource development, from pilots (Catalytic) to broad implementation (Facility) to sunsetting and long-term sustainability (Sustainability).

The GI Catalytic Track will support pilot geoinformatics development efforts that are intended to serve Earth Sciences research.

The GI Facility Track will support awards for implementation and operation of a cyberinfrastructure resource relied upon by one or more Earth Science communities to address science questions.

The GI Sustainability Track will support development and implementation of sustainable funding models to preserve data and software products of value to Earth Science research.

icon-info A webinar was held on Tuesday, May 14 at 2 pm EDT, with a brief overview of the program and the opportunity to ask questions.