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February 28, 2006

Tectonics Program - Emerging Fields, Interdisciplinary, International Collaboration

Tectonics Program, Division of Earth Sciences, NSF

The Tectonics Program is part of the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR). EAR provides funding for the conduct of research in most areas of the solid-earth and surface-terrestrial sciences. The Tectonics Program supports a broad range of field, laboratory, computational, and theoretical investigations aimed at understanding the evolution and deformation of continental lithosphere through time. Proposals to elucidate the processes that act on the lithosphere at various time-scales and length-scales, either at depth or the surface, are encouraged. Because understanding such large-scale phenomena commonly requires a variety of expertise and methods, the program supports integrated research involving the disciplines of structural geology, petrology, geochronology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, rock mechanics, paleomagnetics, geodesy, and other geophysical techniques. The Tectonics Program is committed to supporting the most meritorious research in any relevant area, including interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, as well as research involving international collaboration. The Program is especially interested in proposals in emerging fields. Where appropriate, proposals may be considered for joint support with other programs in EAR or with other Divisions at NSF. In some cases, proposals may be transferred to other programs within EAR or to other Divisions within the National Science Foundation when it is deemed appropriate by Program Officers from the respective programs or divisions. Principal Investigators are encouraged to contact the cognizant program officers regarding proposals that may cross-disciplinary boundaries before submission.

SUPPORT PROVIDED: Anticipated funding is $9.2 million, annually. The estimated number of awards is 40 to 50 standard or continuing grants per year. Awards are generally made within 6 to 7 months of the proposal submission date for successful proposals. Cost sharing is not required by NSF in proposals submitted under this program solicitation.

Posted by sharum at February 28, 2006 10:57 AM