Slots: 1 as lead, 2 total. An organization may participate in up to two proposals as the lead or as a non-lead collaborating organization or as a sub awardee, but only in at most one of these can an organization participate as the lead organization.
Internal Deadline: Friday, December 10, 2021, 5pm PT
External Deadline: February 15, 2022
Award Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 1
Anticipated Award Amount: $900,000
Who May Serve as PI: No restrictions or limits.
Link to Award: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf22524/nsf22524.htm
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://orif.usc.edu/oor-portal/.
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
The intent is to fund an organization (or collaboration of organizations) that will provide these Fellows with the tools and connections (e.g. research and social networks) they will need to become leaders in their scientific community. Fellows supported through NSF 21-573 and through NSF 22-501 each form distinct cohorts, each spanning all MPS fields. Building these two cohorts of Fellows across MPS fields is an important aspect of the Fellows program. It is expected that each proposal will develop a plan to provide activities for the two cohorts of Fellows. Each cohort is mentored separately. Bringing each cohort of Fellows together for workshops or other activities is encouraged, either virtually or in person (when possible and safe). Bringing the two cohorts together for additional activities is also strongly encouraged. Collaborations of organizations are welcome but the project plan must provide activities for each cohort of Fellows.
The successful proposal will describe plans to build and provide:
Mentoring and Professional Development: provide career mentoring aimed at building success at the postdoctoral level as Fellows prepare to transition to the next career stage. MPS anticipates that preparation for faculty careers will be a major focus of the program, although other career paths should also be addressed. Potential topics could include academic and other scientific career job search strategies; leadership; negotiation; communication skills; networking; grant proposal preparation (for NSF and other agencies, as appropriate); scientific publishing; laboratory management (where appropriate); budgeting; hiring; mentoring; surmounting challenges; managing career challenges and expectations; academic advancement; and balancing teaching, research, service, and life-work balance.
Cohort-building Activities: provide activities that encourage network building and mutual support among the MPS-Ascend Fellows at every stage of the program. Workshops and meetings, either in person or virtual, should be considered. A meeting at NSF for Fellows to present their work could be included among these activities or addressed separately in a future request.
National Network: build a national network of volunteer expert scientists in MPS fields that will be available to the Fellows for less formal mentoring. Informal mentors who are knowledgeable about the potential barriers for members of underrepresented groups including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, and Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Native Pacific Islanders in STEM fields would be especially welcome. Approaches that address intersectional perspectives; peer to peer mentoring within the cohorts; peer to near-peer mentoring between the two cohorts are all encouraged. Potential PIs are encouraged to consider mentoring and professional development models from other programs and agencies. Proposals must demonstrate how the program addresses the needs of disciplines served by MPS.
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