University of Southern California


NSF -14-506 – Faculty Development in the Space Sciences (FDSS)

Slots:                                                     One                      
LOI:                                                        N/A                       
Internal Deadline:                           February 9, 2015; 5pm
External Deadline:                          August 31, 2015
Award Information:                        Type:  Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 2 awards are expected depending upon the quality of the submissions and the availability of funds.

Anticipated Amount: $600,000 will be made available for this competition in FY 2014. Under this solicitation, proposals may be submitted for any funding amount per year up to $400,000, and for up to five years. The typical award size will be $100,000-$300,000 per year. Total requests are expected to be around $1 million and should not exceed $1,5 million.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application utilizing the Office of Research’s
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Link to Award:

Purpose: Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation will have as their principal objective the creation and support of a single tenure-track faculty position, bearing teaching, educational outreach, and research responsibilities. The faculty position may reside within one department or be shared between several departments. In either case, the proposal must clearly state how topics in space physics will be integrated into the graduate and undergraduate courses offered by the department(s), and it should outline a plan for the development of a space physics graduate program if no such program presently exists.

The proposal should make clear how the position will be integrated into the institution’s overall strategic plan. It should set specific goals and milestones to gauge the overall efficacy of the integration and educational outreach. A specific evaluation plan should be presented in the proposal. It will be critical for the institution to state in full the measures it will take to ensure the successful integration of the faculty position.

The proposal should not designate any candidate for the new faculty position, but a description of the desired skills, background and training of the successful candidate should be included. Particular emphasis will be placed upon evaluating the:

Clear articulation of how the faculty position will be integrated into the university program of education, outreach and research.

The proposal should contain a description of how the job search would be carried out. It is required that the search be open and adequately publicized. Consonant with the stated policies of the National Science Foundation, women, minorities and other underrepresented groups should be strongly encouraged to apply.

Once a specific candidate is determined by the university, NSF will decide if the proposed research program and qualifications of the candidate meet the requirements of NSF’s review criteria and addresses the stated objectives of this solicitation. The successful candidate will be added to the grant as a Co-Principal Investigator. Funding will not start until the candidate is selected and approved.

The duration of the grant may not exceed five years (60 months). If used for an entry-level position, the duration must be sufficient to allow the candidate to stand for tenure review at or before the end of the award period.

Principal Investigators should be someone at the university with the authority to implement the proposed program and select and hire the new faculty member. These may be, but are not limited to, a Dean, a Provost, a Director of a university associated research institute, a Department Chairperson, or a senior tenured faculty member.