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Fellowships to USA Early-Career Postdoctoral
Scientists for Training and Research

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF)

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Conf. Date:

09/30/21

Deadline Date:

11/01/21 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time

Description:

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Fellowships to USA early-career postdoctoral scientists at qualified IHEs and nonprofit organizations for training and research. Funding is intended to support career development to prepare scientists for future employment in the fields of academia, industry or private sector, and government.

The National Science Foundation offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to provide opportunities for recent doctoral graduates to obtain additional training, to gain research experience under the sponsorship of established scientists, and to broaden their scientific horizons beyond their undergraduate and graduate training. Postdoctoral Fellowships are further designed to assist new scientists to direct their research efforts across traditional disciplinary lines and to avail themselves of unique research resources, sites, and facilities, including at foreign locations. NSF seeks to promote the participation of scientists from all segments of the scientific community, including those from underrepresented groups, in its research programs and activities; the postdoctoral period is considered to be an important level of professional development in attaining this goal.

The goal of the SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SPRF) program is to promote fundamental research in the SBE sciences; enhance the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering; provide an opportunity for independence and advanced training under the direction of a sponsor; and encourage doctoral-level scientists (who are not yet in full-time positions) to take advantage of the two-year Fellowship to prepare for scientific careers in academia, industry or private sector, and government.

This SPRF program offers two tracks of Fellowships. For both of these tracks, proposals are encouraged from a wide range of doctoral-level investigators including those from groups that continue to be underrepresented in their field. Some proposals may contain elements of both tracks, in such cases it is up to the Fellowship candidate to choose which track to submit his or her proposal.

  • Track 1: Fundamental Research in the SBE Sciences (SPRF-FR):
  • Track 2: Broadening Participation in the SBE Sciences (SPRF-BP): 

For more information on Fellowship tracks, see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18584/nsf18584.pdf#page=4.

For examples of eligible expenses, see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18584/nsf18584.pdf#page=5.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175976

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

Between 15 to 20 total Fellowship awards will be made each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The annual Fellowship amount of $69,000 consists of two types of payments, a stipend and a research and training allowance:
1. An annual stipend of $54,000, paid directly to the Fellow in monthly installments of $4,500.
2. An annual research and training allowance of $15,000, paid directly to the Fellow and intended to cover the costs of the Fellowship.

Term of Contract:

Support may be requested for up to 24 months. A no-cost extension may be requested to extend the Fellowship award in order to complete the goals of the Fellowship, but no supplemental funds will be provided for this purpose.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:
- NSF SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are awards to individuals; proposals are submitted directly by the Fellowship candidate to NSF. Each Fellowship candidate must identify one sponsoring scientist and host institution (with whom the sponsoring scientist is affiliated) at the time of proposal submission.

Fellowship candidates may propose to hold the Fellowship at:
- Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.
- Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Fellowship candidates must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen, national, or legally admitted permanent resident alien of the United States as of the application deadline;
- Obtained a doctoral degree in the SBE sciences within 36 months before the application deadline or will obtain the doctoral degree within 10 months after the application deadline;
- Not already in a full-time tenure-track faculty position; and
- Not have submitted the same research to another NSF program.

Note: It is anticipated that the research will be conducted at an institution other than the Fellowship candidate's doctoral-granting or current postdoctoral fellowship institution. However, if the Fellowship candidate chooses to remain at their current institution, the Project Description should include a strong justification of how this choice benefits their research and career development.

Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Pre-proposal Conference:

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Informational Webinar - September 30, 2021 at 11 a.m. Eastern.

Advanced registration is required to attend the webinar. Register here: https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_sTTakSDIRiijvpuCxSrCTw

Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):
- November 1, and annually thereafter

Important Notice: Proposals in response to Program Solicitation NSF 18-584 from Unaffiliated/Postdoctoral Fellowship Investigators must be prepared and submitted in FastLane and cannot be submitted in Research.gov. SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SPRF) proposers must first register for an NSF account and add an Investigator role in Research.gov to work on proposals in NSF systems.

Per the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), proposers should allow up to six months for programmatic review and processing (following the deadline). In addition, proposers should be aware that the NSF Division of Grants and Agreements generally makes awards within 30 days after the program division/office makes its recommendation.

Each candidate may submit only one Fellowship proposal per year.

View the RFP online: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18584/nsf18584.htm
FAQs: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17124/nsf17124.jsp
View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=308388

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Josie S. Welkom, Program Director
(703) 292-7376
jwelkom@nsf.gov

Lisa M. Jackson, Program Specialist
(703) 292-7882
lmjackso@nsf.gov

For IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188 or via fastlane@nsf.gov.

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CFDA Number:

47.075

Funding or Pin Number:

NSF 18-584

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