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Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change Award Announcement

Monday, July 31, 2017

Program Solicitation

NSF 17-582

Replaces Document(s):
NSF 13-576

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National Science Foundation

Directorate for Geosciences
     Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences
     Division of Earth Sciences
     Division of Ocean Sciences
     Office of Polar Programs

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

October 20, 2017

October 20, Annually Thereafter


Changes included extending deadline dates and updating PAPPG requirements.

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017.


General Information

Program Title:

Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2)

Synopsis of Program:

The goal of research funded under the interdisciplinary P2C2 solicitation is to utilize key geological, chemical, atmospheric (gas in ice cores), and biological records of climate system variability to provide insights into the mechanisms and rate of change that characterized Earth's past climate variability, the sensitivity of Earth's climate system to changes in forcing, and the response of key components of the Earth system to these changes.

Important scientific objectives of P2C2 are to: 1) provide comprehensive paleoclimate data sets that can serve as model test data sets analogous to instrumental observations; and 2) enable transformative syntheses of paleoclimate data and modeling outcomes to understand the response of the longer-term and higher magnitude variability of the climate system that is observed in the geological and cryospheric records.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

  • Larry C. Peterson, telephone: (703) 292-2001, email: lapeters [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Marguerite Toscano, telephone: (703) 292-8550, email: mtoscano [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Jonathan Wynn, telephone: (703) 292-4725, email: jwynn [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • Candace O. Major, Division of Ocean Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-7597, email: cmajor [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • William J. Wiseman, Division of Polar Programs, telephone: (703) 292-4750, email: wwiseman [at] nsf [dot] gov
  • David J. Verardo, Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-8527, email: dverardo [at] nsf [dot] gov

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

  • 47.050 --- Geosciences

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award:

Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 35

Approximately 35 new awards per year will be made with a typical award duration of three years.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $11,000,000

$11 million per year pending availability of funds

Eligibility Information

Who May Submit Proposals:

The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter I.E.

Who May Serve as PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required
  • Full Proposals:

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements:

    Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:

    Not Applicable

  • Other Budgetary Limitations:

    Not Applicable

C. Due Dates

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

    October 20, 2017

    October 20, Annually Thereafter

Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The National Center for Atmospheric Research is seeking students interested in computational science, data analysis, geostatistics, computer science, visualization, and computational geosciences for paid student internships.  To apply, follow the instructions on the SIParCS Opportunities Page.  For more information about the internship program, elegibility, and important dates, read the internship announcement below:

The SIParCS Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research is aimed at university students who are interested in pursuing a career in such areas as computational science, data analysis, geostatistics, computer science, visualization, and computational geosciences. The goal of the SIParCS program is to make a long-term, positive impact on the quality and diversity of the workforce needed to use and operate 21st century supercomputers. Graduate students and undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year by summer 2016) gain significant hands-on experience in high-performance computing and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling.

This program embeds students as summer interns in the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, an organization within NCAR charged with provisioning supercomputing and data systems to the geosciences research community. The roles of service and research in CISL support NCAR’s broad scientific mission of discovery in the atmospheric and related sciences.

The program runs 11 weeks from May 16, 2016 to July 29, 2016.

Current Types of Internships

  • Application Development
  • Application Optimization
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Geostatistics
  • Visualization


  • $15.35/hour for undergraduate and $18.15 for graduate students
  • UCAR casual benefits apply, including a regional bus pass, AD&D and Worker’s Compensation coverage
  • Housing is provided to interns at Bear Creek Apartments @ University of Colorado*
  • One round-trip airfare or mileage, whichever is less, is provided from points of origin within the United States

*Housing is subject to income tax, as determined on IRS Form W-4

Requirements for the Summer

  • Keep a research journal
  • Attend technical seminars
  • Attend skill-enhancing workshops
  • Give an oral presentation of results

Skills/Abilities for Internship

  • Ability to work with a diverse group of peers
  • Skill in the use of software for communication purposes (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email)
  • Ability and willingness to learn and use scientific computing tools and programs
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Basic problem solving skills
  • Ability to analyze data and draw conclusions
  • Potential to excel in a scientific career
  • Basic knowledge of mathematics, computer science or engineering - through coursework
  • Ability to work full-time during the summer program
  • Ability to interact with mentors & peers in a manner to support collaboration and inquiry
  • Ability and willingness to work within guidelines and policies of organization and assigned work groups

Eligibility Requirements

• Applicants must be available May 16 through July 29, 2016 to participate
• Must be a graduate student, or undergrad completed sophomore year
• Must currently be enrolled in a U.S. university
• Must be authorized to work in the U.S. to be eligible for the SIParCS program. For F visa students accepted to the SIParCS program, CPT work authorization issued through a U.S. Designated School Official (DSO) or OPT issued through both a DSO and the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS ) will be required.

Application Deadline:
January 20, 2016 (4:00 pm MT)

Only complete applications will be considered. Please read and follow all instructions carefully.

If you have questions or limitations to using the online application system or questions about the process please contact siparcs [at] ucar [dot] edu, (303) 497-1288.

UCAR values diversity and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

We provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, domestic partner status, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. All applicants are considered relative to jobrelated factors.applicants are considered relative to job-related factors.