University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

NSF seeks proposals for Astronomical Science activities

Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP) #13-567
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13567/nsf13567.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_34&WT.mc_ev=click

A vigorous Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) was recommended by the 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, citing "many highly promising projects for achieving diverse and timely science." As described in this solicitation, the Division of Astronomical Sciences will establish a new mid-scale program to support a variety of astronomical activities within a cost range up to $40M. This program will be formally divided into four subcategories: 1) limited term, self-contained science projects; 2) longer term mid-scale facilities; 3) development investments for future mid-scale and large-scale projects; and 4) community open access capabilities. The MSIP will emphasize both strong scientific merit and a well-developed plan for student training and involvement of a diverse and inclusive workforce in instrumentation, facility development, or data management.