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Forwarded: New NSF Program for Women

Wed Apr 30 15:40:42 EST 1997

Date:          Wed, 30 Apr 1997 15:25:36 -0500 (EST)
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Subject:       New NSF Program for Women (fwd)

		[Posted by Rachelle Hollander - rholland at nsf.gov]


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.

NSF 97-91
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 
program are:

* 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 
behavioral sciences.

* 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.

Julia Frugoli
Dartmouth College

visiting grad student at
Texas A&M University
Department of Biological Sciences
College Station, TX 77843
FAX 409-847-8805

"Evil is best defined as militant ignorance."
																										Dr. M. Scott Peck

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