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Call for nominations: NSF Assistant Director for Geosciences

The National Science Foundation is beginning a national search for the Assistant Director for Geosciences (GEO) and we seek your help in identifying visionary candidates. The new Assistant Director (AD) will succeed Dr. William Easterling, who has served with distinction since June 2017.The Assistant Director, GEO, leads a Directorate of three divisions — Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS); Earth Sciences (EAR); Ocean Sciences (OCE) — and the Office of Polar Programs (OPP). The Directorate’s portfolio encompasses a broad range of the geosciences with a total budget of approximately $1.5 billion. The attached PDF includes an information sheet summarizing the Directorate’s activities, the responsibilities of the position, and the criteria for the search, along with a signed copy of this message.Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information that you might be able to provide, to the AD/GEO Search Advisory Committee via e-mail to In light of COVID-19, we cannot receive recommendations by conventional mail. Please submit your recommendations by February 26, 2021.For more information, click here.

NSF Funding Opportunity: Build and Broaden 2.0

Build and Broaden 2.0 is designed to support fundamental research in the SBE sciences by scholars at minority-serving institutions (MSIs). Proposals are invited from single Principal Investigators based at MSIs and from multiple co-investigators from a group of MSIs. Principal Investigators who are not affiliated with MSIs may submit proposals, but must collaborate with PIs, co-PIs, or Senior Personnel from MSIs and describe how their project will foster research partnerships or capacity-building with at least one MSI as a primary goal of the proposed work. Proposals may address any of the scientific areas supported by SBE. The full proposal deadline date is March 5, 2021 (Link to solicitation).

Stay tuned for updates to the Build and Broaden 2.0 program page, as FAQs and announcements about informational webinars for the program are forthcoming (Link to Build and Broaden program page). For more information about the creation of the Build and Broaden program, check out this blog post written by the Deputy Assistant Director of NSF SBE, Dr. Kellina Craig-Henderson (Link to blog post).

Eligibility information:

To check if your institution is an eligible MSI, please refer to the Build and Broaden 2.0 solicitation, and to the U.S. Department of Education’s definitions and lists of eligible postsecondary institutions (Link to MSI definitions and eligibility information).

NSF Funding Opportunity

The National Science Foundation has identified $15,000,000 for investment under its “Campus Cyberinfrastructure” program with the expectation of 46 awards.

The award ceiling is $1,000,000. Applications are due by March 1, 2021. The full solicitation should be available late Nov 18th 2020 at NSF Publication 21-528

The Campus Cyberinfrastructure program invests in coordinated campus-level networking and cyberinfrastructure improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects. Learning and workforce development (LWD) in cyberinfrastructure is explicitly addressed in the program. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity.

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) – Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US.