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NSF-AST Overview. Dana E. Lehr, Program Director Division of Astronomical Sciences National Science Foundation [email protected] 14 October 2008. Independent Federal Agency, annual budget of ~$6B Created by Congress in 1950

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nsf ast overview

NSF-AST Overview

Dana E. Lehr, Program Director

Division of Astronomical Sciences

National Science Foundation

[email protected]

14 October 2008

nsf at a glance
Independent Federal Agency, annual budget of ~$6B

Created by Congress in 1950

"to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…"

Supports basic research & education, primarily through grants and cooperative agreements

Total workforce of 1,700 in Arlington, including:

1,200 career employees

150 scientists from research institutions on temporary duty

200 contract workers

NSB and OIG staff

NSF at a Glance
nsf leadership
Oversees NSF staff and management

Responsible for:

program creation & administration

merit review

budget & planning

day-to-day ops

24 members

Meets six times a year to establish overall policies

Authorizes large awards, e.g. support for national observatories

NSF Leadership

NSF Director/DD

National Science Board

Six-year terms, appointed by President, confirmed by Senate

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National Science Foundation

Director

Deputy Director

National Science

Board

Inspector

General

Staff Offices

Computer &

Information

Science

& Engineering

Mathematical

& Physical

Sciences

Biological

Sciences

Engineering

Geosciences

Social, Behavioral

& Economic

Sciences

Budget,

Finance

& Award

Management

Information Resource

Management

Education

& Human

Resources

nsf special responsibilities
NSF: Special Responsibilities

  • Polar Programs
    • U.S. Antarctic Program
  • Science Resources Statistics
    • Data collection and analysis
    • Science and Engineering Indicators
  • International
    • close cooperation with the Department of State

NSF-8

directorate for mathematical and physical sciences

Assistant Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Division of

Chemistry

Division of

Materials

Research

Division of

Mathematical

Sciences

Division of

Physics

Division of

Astronomical

Sciences

Office of Multidisciplinary Activities

Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
mps at a glance
MPS at a Glance
  • MPS Assistant Director: Tony F. Chan
  • Largest NSF Directorate: over $1B budget
  • Supports nearly half of NSF’s large facilities
  • Science scope:
    • Space: from quarks to the cosmos
    • Time: from the incredibly short to the unimaginably long
    • Character: from the very abstract to almost ready for the marketplace
  • Provides 40% of university federal funding in the physical sciences
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Individual Investigator Programs

Solar System (PLA)

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Research Grants (AAG)

Stellar (SAA)

Milky Way & Nearby Galaxies (GAL)

Extragalactic & Cosmology (EXC)

Education and

Special Programs

Faculty Early Career awards (CAREER)

REU sites & supplements

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Postdoctoral Fellowships

IIP

Advanced Technologies

and Instrumentation

Advanced Electro-Optical

System (Air Force/ATI)

Major Research

Instrumentation

RUI (option)

Special Projects

PREST (on hold FY08)

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