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SHINE and the NSF’s Solar Terrestrial Research (STR) Program

SHINE and the NSF’s Solar Terrestrial Research (STR) Program. Paul Bellaire pbellair@nsf.gov STR Program Director Division of Atmospheric Sciences National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 775 S Arlington, Virginia 22230.

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SHINE and the NSF’s Solar Terrestrial Research (STR) Program

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  1. SHINE and the NSF’s Solar Terrestrial Research (STR) Program Paul Bellaire pbellair@nsf.gov STR Program Director Division of Atmospheric Sciences National Science Foundation 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 775 S Arlington, Virginia 22230

  2. “To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.” NSF’s Statutory Mission

  3. NSF Solar Research Funding Sources NSF Structure


  5. FY2007 budget of $7.722M STR Budget Detail Additional Funds Provided to STR in FY2007: $200K from UARS reserves $175K from AFOSR for REU support $190K from NSF EPSCoR Office

  6. Solar-Terrestrial Physics: +13.87% Aeronomy: +6.50% Magnetospheric Physics: +6.50% Upper Atmosphere Facilities: +6.50% Percentage Change from FY2006 to FY2007 Congress is suggesting a 10% NSF budget increase for FY08!

  7. STR Proposal Pressure Gradient,by Fiscal Year Percentage Awarded Number Submitted % # # % Note the approximate three year periodicity – submissions grow steadily and peak about every three years, then crash. In the absence of fiscal growth, years of peak submission tend to coincide with years of low success rate. This is the inevitable result of the standard three-year duration of awards typically favored by the NSF. However, longer awards are now more common, skewing these trends.

  8. • 35 Submissions, 3 Unique Projects Funded; 37 PIs Involved! FY2007 Awardees in Surname Alphabetical Order: (Includes one collaborative project consisting of two universities) David Lario, Johns Hopkins University Vahe Petrosian, Stanford University (Lead PI) Alex Lazarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison Pete Riley, SAIC CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!! Total SHINE Expenditures: $1.73M in FY07 ~$1.8M expected in FY08 ~$2.0M expected in FY09 FY2007 SHINE Competition Results {

  9. • Upcoming Deadline for the SHINE Competition Proposals due 15 Aug 2007; approx $600K in new funds will be available. Panel to be held in the Oct-Nov 2007 timeframe. Funds to be awarded around Jan 2008. • A NEW SUBMISSION PROCESS IS BEING TESTED! “GRANTS.GOV” Please visit the NSF web site for details Using Grants.gov is not yet obligatory for SHINE, but a wise proposer will give it a try! The NSF web site above gives details... The FastLane web site can still be used for SHINE submissions. Grants.gov is a new agency-wide federal program meant to streamline the grant application process = one application format, many agencies! This may become obligatory for all proposers at a future time (very soon?). SHINE is one of several NSF programs currently testing the Grants.gov concept. Your feedback on Grants.gov would be appreciated. The Grants.gov ‘Users Manual’ can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf FY2008 SHINE Competition

  10. • Upcoming Deadline for SHINE Postdocs, Program Solicitation NSF 06-584: Proposals due 4 Feb 2008 • NOTE:GRANTS.GOV is OBLIGATORY for all SHINE Postdocs!! The Grants.gov ‘Users Manual’ can be found at the NSF web site: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf FY2008 SHINE Postdocs Read and Heed!!

  11. • Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) (Proposals due 24 Jan 2008) STR had no MRI winners in FY07; kudos to past winners: Phil Goode, NJIT Big Bear Solar Observatory, FY03 award Hao Sheng Lin, University of Hawaii, FY04 award Richard Miller, University of Alabama, Huntsville, FY04 award • Special NSF Programs CAREER (Proposals due? TBD 2008) National Space Weather Program (NSWP) (Proposals due 16 Jan 2008) Program for Research and Education with Small Telescopes (PREST) (Proposals due 20 Jan 2008) • Most Special NSF Program of All! Major Research Equipment Facilities & Construction (MREFC) ATST project currently being managed by NSF Astronomy and now under consideration by the NSF leadership DASI? Still to be defined and submitted by the community...! Other Relevant Feeding Funding Programs

  12. Our goal: to enable discovery and physical understanding through development of small scientific satellite missions supporting space weather research, atmospheric research, and education. NSF ATM intends to have a solicitation for a space weather “Small Sat Competition” within 12 months – so stay tuned! NSF Small Satellite WorkshopHeld 15-17 May 2007

  13. New NSF NSWP Student CompetitionSometime in FY 2008? NSF ATM is planning to sponsor a “Collegiate Space Weather Forecasting Competition” – but this is a work in progress! Goals: Determine the performance of present space weather forecasting technologies Include students in space weather forecasting Create visibility for space weather and the NSWP

  14. Even more to Read & Heed! New restrictions on font type and font size! Revised NSF cover page and budget page formats! Get your copy at the NSF web site! NEW PROPOSAL RULES http://www.nsf.gov/funding/

  15. I must respond to the Government Performance Results Act (GPRA, pronounced “Gipp-Rah”) I need “research nuggets!!” (Colorful graphics preferred!) Annual Reports are due 90 days before award anniversary date! Your funding increment – and that of any of your current Co-PIs on any NSF grant – is delayed until your report is approved! Please submit a No Cost Extension if you cannot expend your annual budget due to unforeseen circumstances – do not just delay the submission of your annual report ANNUAL REPORTS

  16. PROPOSAL REVIEWS Unless you’ve been informed that your review is for a special competition or a specific panel, your review is for a proposal submitted to my core STR program. I need to obtain a minimum of 3 written reviews within 6 months. Special NSF competitions and panels have deadlines. However, core STR reviews, which are strictly mail-in, do not have hard deadlines (other than the NSF’s de facto 6 month rule).I would prefer to receive a delayed review than none at all.

  17. PROPOSAL REVIEWS When you provide a review, you are not doing the NSF a favor – you are performing a key role expected of all scientists! The peer review process requires your participation to function. All reviewers benefit by remaining on the cutting edge of research topics and ideas. Some of you who cannot be funded by the NSF(by order of Congress, not by my whim!)feel you have no obligation to the community to provide the NSF with reviews. This odd and erroneous belief is non-collegial at best and self-defeating at worst. I routinely receive reviews from foreign colleagues who will NEVER receive NSF funding! They understand the meaning of a “solar physics community” – shame on those of you who do not...

  18. SUMMARY • Budgets should increase next year, but a Continuing Resolution may delay the final NSF FY08 budget • The STR portfolio received nearly a 14% increase in FY07! • SHINE will continue testing Grants.gov in FY08 • SHINE is on a secure fiscal profile • Obtaining reviews is a continuing problem, but you can help!

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