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Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG)

PROGRAM SOLICITATION

NSF 16-574

REPLACES DOCUMENT(S):

NSF 12-589

National Science Foundation

Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Division of Astronomical Sciences

Submission Window Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

September 15, 2016 - November 15, 2016

September 15 - November 15, Annually Thereafter

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REVISION NOTES

The Program Synopsis has been simplified and clarified. Importantly, proposals about the astronomy and astrophysics of our Sun, the rest of our Solar System, and/or Extrasolar Planets will be handled under a companion NSF solicitation.

Significant changes required by the NSF Proposal & Award Guide (PAPPG) Part I: Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) apply. Changes in the following areas are specifically called out: When to Submit Proposals (Chapter I.F); Collaborators & Other Affiliations Information (Chapter II.C.1.e); Biographical Sketch(es) (Chapter II.C.2.f); Current and Pending Support (Chapter II.C.2.h); and Special Information and Supplementary Documentation (Chapter II.C.2.j). Full details about these and other changes may be found in the PAPPG link below.

Co-Author Listings: In the required Collaborators & Other Affiliations single-copy document, proposals should list for the PI, co-PI, and Senior Personnel only the first three (3) authors on multi-authored papers ( 3 authors) published during the 48 months preceding the submission of the proposal (this amends Grant Proposal Guide II.C.1.e). If the proposing individual is one of the first three authors on a paper, then only the other two authors should be listed. Instructions in GPG II.C.1.e having to do with the listing of Co-Editors, Graduate Advisors, and Postdoctoral Sponsors are unchanged.

Information is included about special proposals that are described in the GPG.

The Division will continue to encourage submissions from junior investigators, investigators at primarily undergraduate institutions, investigators in Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) states, and investigators who are underrepresented minorities.

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

General Information

Program Title:

Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG)

Synopsis of Program:

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG) Program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for observational, theoretical, laboratory, and archival data studies in astronomy and astrophysics. Acceptable research areas include the following: stellar astronomy and astrophysics; the astronomy and astrophysics of our Galaxy; extragalactic astronomy and astrophysics; and cosmology. Proposals for projects and tools that enable and enhance research in those areas are also acceptable. Proposals that are solely or predominantly for the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of space-based data from NASA-supported missions will be returned without review.

Importantly, proposals about the astronomy and astrophysics of our Sun, the rest of our Solar System, and/or Extrasolar Planets will be handled under a companion NSF solicitation, not under the AAG Program.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

James E. Neff, Individual Investigator Programs Coordinator, 1045 S, telephone: (703) 292-2475, email: jneff@nsf.gov Richard E. Barvainis,1045 S, telephone: (703) 292-4891, email: rbarvai@nsf.gov Harshal Gupta, 1045 S, telephone: (703) 292-5039, email: hgupta@nsf.gov Glen Langston, 1045 S, telephone: (703) 292-4937, email: glangsto@nsf.gov Joseph Pesce, 1045 S, telephone: (703) 292-7373, email: jpesce@nsf.gov Joan M. Wrobel, 1045 S, telephone: (703) 292-4899, email: jwrobel@nsf.gov

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

47.049 --- Mathematical and Physical Sciences Award Information Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant Estimated Number of Awards: 85 About 85 projects will be funded per year, pending availability of funds.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $35,000,000 in fiscal year 2017 for new and continuing awards, pending availability of funds.

Eligibility Information

Who May Submit Proposals:

The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter I, Section E.

Who May Serve as PI:

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Full Proposals submitted via FastLane: NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, Part I: Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Guidelines apply. The complete text of the GPG is available electronically on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg.





Full Proposals submitted via Grants.gov: NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?

ods_key=grantsgovguide) B. Budgetary Information

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Proposal Review Information Criteria

Merit Review Criteria:

National Science Board approved criteria apply.

Award Administration Information

Award Conditions:

Standard NSF award conditions apply.

Reporting Requirements:

Standard NSF reporting requirements apply.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Summary of Program Requirements

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VI. NSF Proposal Processing and Review Procedures A. Merit Review Principles and Criteria B. Review and Selection Process

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VIII. Agency Contacts IX. Other Information I. INTRODUCTION The Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST) of the National Science Foundation is the primary source of support for ground-based astronomy in the U.S. The Division supports a broad range of activities from funding national observational facilities to the research programs of individual scientists and graduate students. As of October 1, 2016, AST supports the development and operation of six national astronomy centers: the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), the National Solar Observatory (NSO), the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), the Green Bank Observatory (GBO), the Long Baseline Observatory (LBO), and the Arecibo Observatory (AO). AST supports the construction of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). The Division provides the U.S. share of funding for two international facilities—the operation of the Gemini Observatory and the operation of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Division programs also support the development of advanced technologies and instrumentation, mid-scale projects, the planning and design for future observational facilities and major collaborative projects in astronomy, and the management of the electromagnetic spectrum for scientific use.

The Division supports individual investigators and small groups engaged in a broad array of observational, theoretical, laboratory, and archival data studies. Special grants and fellowship programs for junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate students are designed to encourage the activities of researchers engaged in education and outreach, and to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in science. More information about the Division and its programs can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?org=AST.

II. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG) Program provides a flexible, coordinated, and inclusive funding opportunity for disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research in the astronomical sciences.

The AAG Program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for observational, theoretical, laboratory, and archival data studies in astronomy and astrophysics. Acceptable research areas include the following: stellar astronomy and astrophysics; the astronomy and astrophysics of our Galaxy; extragalactic astronomy and astrophysics; and cosmology. Proposals for projects and tools that enable and enhance research in those areas are also acceptable. Proposals that are solely or predominantly for the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of space-based data from NASA-supported missions will be returned without review.

Importantly, proposals about the astronomy and astrophysics of our Sun, the rest of our Solar System, and/or Extrasolar Planets will be handled under a companion NSF solicitation, not under the AAG Program.

Proposals to the AAG Program may span multiple disciplines and/or areas of study and may utilize multiple techniques. Please see the NSF Grant Proposal Guide for allowable costs that may be requested, which include the acquisition of equipment and instrumentation necessary for the conduct of the proposed research.

Proposals to the AAG Program are grouped by NSF staff for review along disciplinary lines, and evaluated by experts in the disciplinary areas that cover each such group. Proposers should ensure that both their Project Summary and Project Description clearly place their work within the appropriate field of study. Please contact a program officer if you have any questions about proposal preparation and submission.

Additional Funding Opportunities Inside the AAG Program

The AAG Program will accept Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) proposals. RUI submissions must be received by the deadlines listed in this AAG solicitation. Information on the scope of RUI projects and the format of these proposals can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5518.

The AAG Program will accept proposals for the funding opportunity in Computational and Data Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E). CDS&E proposals submitted to the AAG program must meet the AAG requirements, guidelines, and deadlines. In addition, proposals must explicitly address the CDS&E program goals within the 15-page Project Description. Please see the program description PD 12-8084 for the CDS&E program at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813.

Additional Funding Opportunities Outside the AAG Program

The guidelines in this solicitation do not apply to proposals submitted in response to other solicitations, such as CAREER. This AAG solicitation also does not apply to proposals about the astronomy and astrophysics of our Sun, the rest of our Solar System, and/or Extrasolar Planets, which are handled under a separate solicitation. This AAG solicitation also does not apply to conference and workshop proposals, requests for supplemental funding, and Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) or EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals. For these last classes of proposals that are not the subject of a separate solicitation, proposals should be submitted by selecting "In response to GPG" on the proposal cover sheet and then selecting the appropriate box on the cover sheet.

Supplemental Funding Requests

In order to receive full consideration, requests for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Research Opportunity Awards (ROA), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET), Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) and other supplemental funding requests should be submitted by April 1 in the year for which the supplemental funds are requested. Later submissions of supplement funding requests should be discussed with your AST program officer before submission. Guidance for PIs preparing supplemental funding requests is given in the NSF Award and Administration Guide.

Conference Proposals

AST supports conferences, symposia and workshops (meetings) in areas of science supported by AST that bring experts together to discuss current research, to expose other researchers or students to new research methods, and to discuss future directions.

Conferences may be supported only if equivalent results cannot be obtained at regular meetings of professional societies or other established conference series. These proposals must be submitted in response to the GPG. For Guidance on preparing Proposals for Conferences see Chapter II.D.9 in the most recent version of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg).

In particular, such proposals should be submitted at least 12 months before the anticipated conference or meeting date. Proposers are encouraged to contact an AST Program Officer prior to submission about the suitability of the proposed activity for support.



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