NSF Geoscience Education 2009-12-17

TO: Principal Investigators, Department Chairs, Deans and Directors

FROM: Joshua L. Rosenbloom, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies (RGS)

RE: NSF Geoscience Education (GeoEd) NSF 10-512

Date Posted: December 17, 2009
Deadline for internal competition: January 19, 2010
Agency deadline for Full Proposal: March 8, 2010
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Limit on number of proposals: An organization may be the lead organization on only one Track 2 proposal submitted per competition.

The GeoEd program invites proposals in four main areas:

-Advancing public Earth system science literacy, particularly through strengthening geoscience education in grads K-14 and informal education settings;

-Fostering development and training of the diverse scientific and technical workforce required for 21st century geoscience careers;

-Utilizing modern technologies to facilitate and increase access to geoscience education and/or develop innovative approaches for using geoscience research activities and data for educational purposes; and,

-Establishing regional networks and alliances that bring together scientists, formal and informal science educators, as well as other stakeholders, in support of improving Earth system science education and broadening participation in the geosciences.

The GeoEd Program accepts proposals for pilot or proof-of-concept projects (Track 1) and integrative collaborations (Track 2), as well as for conferences or workshops related to the mission of the program. The maximum amount that can be requested for a Track 2 proposal is $500K, but the average award size is anticipated to be on the order of $400K. Track 2 projects can have a maximum duration of four years.

URL: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10512/nsf10512.htm

URL for "Limited submission proposals procedure":

If you plan to submit a pre-proposal, please alert Barbara Earl (864-7781, bearl@ku.edu) one week prior to the internal deadline. This information will assist RGS in organizing the review committee.

The pre-proposal should include (1) a three-page narrative [describing the proposed research, including key personnel and partnerships, addressing any special components requested in the agency's solicitation (Project Description, Page 13; Additional Review Criteria, Page 16), and a generalized yearly budget] and (2) a short vita for the PI and all co-investigators, including funding history and current and pending support. Investigators may include suggestions of faculty members whom they believe are especially well qualified to evaluate pre-proposals for this initiative. Please submit this material electronically to Barbara Earl, manager of Proposal Services, by 5:00 p.m. on January 19, 2010 (bearl@ku.edu, 864-7781).

If the number of pre-proposals exceeds the mandated limit, an internal review committee will be formed to review all pre-proposals. The committee's intent is to select a proposer by February 1, 2010, thereby giving the proposer five weeks to prepare for the proposal submission.

If you have any questions about the solicitation or the process described above, please contact Barbara Earl.

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