From Federal Science Partners — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Córdova signed a Letter of Intent May 9, 2018, creating a new partnership for collaboration on scientific and engineering research to bolster national security. The Letter of Intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. The partnership is designed to create a pathway between the basic research supported by NSF and the technologies needed to support the Air Force of tomorrow. Common areas of interest will drive cooperation at every level of research, including basic research, applied research and advanced technology development. The letter indicates that the Air Force will benefit from greater access to NSF’s considerably larger basic research program and community of researchers. The NSF will benefit with a direct pathway for the technical maturation of many of its research efforts and products, with increased relevance afforded by its direct support of the Nation’s defense posture. The letter is available here.
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) CAREER program is open to tenure-track assistant professors in all NSF-supported disciplines. Eligibility criteria, proposal deadlines and additional details can be found on the program web page. Faculty planning to submit to the National Science Foundation’s CAREER program this July are requested to submit a non-binding online “intent to submit” form to help the sponsored programs office plan for submissions. If you are planning to submit a CAREER proposal in 2018 and have not yet completed the form, please do so by Thursday (May 31).