Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 15:25:36 -0500 (EST)
"Association.for.Practical.&.Professional.Ethics."<appe at indiana.edu>
To: appe_ethicsnet at majordomo.ucs.indiana.edu
Subject: New NSF Program for Women (fwd)
[Posted by Rachelle Hollander - rholland at nsf.gov]
NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH
A new program, Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and
Education (POWRE), has just been announced by the National Science
Foundation. This is a Foundation-wide program with proposal receipt
deadlines of July 1, 1997 and December 9, 1997. A short description
of the POWRE Program is below. This description includes information
which pertains only to the social and behavioral sciences. The full
program announcement is on the NSF Home Page. Women in the social and
behavioral sciences who are interested are encouraged to submit
proposals to this new program either by July or December.
Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Education
The NSF POWRE Program addresses the need to develop full use of the
nation's human resources for science and engineering. The program is
designed to enhance professional advancement by providing women with
funding opportunities not ordinarily available through regular
research and education grants. The former Visiting Professorships for
Women, Faculty Awards for Women, Research Planning Grants for Women,
and Career Advancement Awards for Women programs have been integrated
and incorporated into the POWRE program. The objectives of the
* To provide opportunities for further career advancement,
professional growth, and increased prominence of women in engineering
and in the disciplines of science supported by NSF; and
* To encourage more women to pursue careers in science and engineering
by providing greater visibility for women scientists and engineers in
academic institutions and in industry.
The POWRE Program is targeted at women scientists and engineers who
currently (1) hold non-tenured academic positions or industrial
positions, (2) hold academic tenured or tenure-track positions, or (3)
plan to enter or re-enter academia.
The POWRE Program allows flexibility in the choice of activities
designed to provide academic and professional opportunities for women
in science and engineering. The following categories of activities
will be supported:
* Visiting Professor - supports activities at a host academic
institution for the conduct of research projects and/or for engaging
in innovative educational activities that have promise beyond the home
institution's traditional education approaches. Up to $150,000,
depending on activities planned and current salary, may be requested
in the social and behavioral sciences.
* Visiting Researcher - supports activities for academically employed
women to conduct research and development projects at an industrial or
non-Federal organization. Up to $150,000, depending on activities
planned and current salary, may be requested in the social and
* Research/Educational Enhancement - supports opportunities to enhance
the applicant's research and/or educational activities at the home
institution or at an external site through: (1) access and
utilization of new and/or special facilities, skills, or
methodologies; or (2) exploratory or pilot work to determine
feasibility of a new line of inquiry or educational activity. Up to
$50,000 may be requested in the social and behavioral sciences.
* Supplements - support additional research and/or educational
activities for women principal investigators or co-principal
investigators under existing NSF grants to (1) take advantage of a
special opportunity (e.g., pursuit of a promising new direction in
research or education, an international collaboration, an innovative
idea for integrating research and education), or (2) provide extra
support at a critical career stage (e.g., after major administrative
demands, after a career interruption to accommodate family
responsibilities or relocation requirements). Applicants in the
social and behavioral sciences may request Supplements to standard
research grants. The Division of Social, Behavioral, and Economic
Research will not entertain Supplement requests for Dissertation
grants, Instrumentation grants, Research Experiences for
Undergraduates grants, Training grants, Fellowships, Presidential
Young Investigator grants, NSF Young Investigator grants, Presidential
Faculty Fellows grants, Faculty Early Career Development grants, or
Center grants. Up to $20,000 may be requested for Supplements.
Only single-investigator proposals are appropriate. In the case of
supplement requests from female principal or co-principal
investigators on an existing multi-investigator award, any supplement
request must be submitted by a single individual. POWRE proposals to
support Visiting Professor, Visiting Researcher, or
Research/Educational Enhancement activities that are submitted with
co-investigators will be returned without review.
Consideration will be given to international activities to forge
linkages between foreign and U.S. scientists and engineers, to provide
access to unique research equipment and facilities, to plan joint
seminars and workshops, or to address issues that can benefit from
international comparisons. International experiences and
collaborations are encouraged within each of the above categories
where the international experience is well-justified and necessary to
achieve the scope of the project. Awards will be made only to U.S.
institutions. POWRE applicants wishing to pursue international
activities should consult International Opportunities for Scientists
and Engineers (NSF 96-14).
The full text of the POWRE Program Announcement is on the NSF Home
Page under Crosscutting Programs, second bullet or
It can also be found under Documents On-Line (97-91).
All of this information can be accessed through the Social and
Behavioral Sciences Home Page as well.
For FY 1997, proposals and supplement requests must be received by NSF
no later than July 1, 1997.
For FY 1998, the proposal receipt deadline is December 9, 1997.
Questions regarding the POWRE Program may be directed to the
Infrastructure Program or to the appropriate disciplinary program
Bonney Sheahan, Program Director, Infrastructure Phone: (703) 306-1733
E-mail: bsheahan at nsf.gov
Disciplinary program officer phone numbers and e-mail addresses are
listed on the SBER Home Page.
visiting grad student at
Texas A&M University
Department of Biological Sciences
College Station, TX 77843
"Evil is best defined as militant ignorance."
Dr. M. Scott Peck