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Julia Frugoli JFRUGOLI at BIO.TAMU.EDU
Thu Oct 9 10:00:34 EST 1997


I got this from another list, but thought this newsgroup was an 
appropriate place to post it.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN in RESEARCH AND EDUCATION (POWRE) 
PROGRAM
            DIVISION OF SOCIAL, BEHAVIORAL, AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH
                        NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION


The NSF POWRE Program addresses the need to develop full use of the 
nation's 
human resources for science and engineering. The program is designed to 
enhance 
professional advancement by providing women with funding opportunities 
not 
ordinarily available through regular research and education grants. The 
former 
Visiting Professorships for Women, Faculty Awards for Women, Research 
Planning 
Grants for Women, and Career Advancement Awards for Women programs have 
been 
integrated and incorporated into the POWRE program. The objectives of 
the 
program are:

* To provide opportunities for further career advancement, professional 
growth, 
and increased prominence of women in engineering and in the disciplines 
of 
science supported by NSF; and 

* To encourage more women to pursue careers in science and engineering 
by 
providing greater visibility for women scientists and engineers in 
academic 
institutions and in industry.


The POWRE Program is targeted at women scientists and engineers who 
currently 
(1) hold non-tenured academic positions or industrial positions, (2) 
hold 
academic tenured or tenure-track positions, or (3) plan to enter or 
re-enter 
academia.

POWRE awards are designed to provide a one-time input of funds at a 
critical 
stage in the principal investigator's career, a means by which she can 
take 
advantage of an opportunity that will contribute to a significant, 
identifiable 
advance in her career path. They are not intended to be a substitute for 
awards 
made through existing programs nor to provide "start-up" funds to 
establish a 
laboratory.

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES

The POWRE Program allows flexibility in the choice of activities 
designed to 
provide academic and professional opportunities for women in science and 
engineering. The following categories of activities will be supported:

* Visiting Professor - supports activities at a host academic 
institution for 
the conduct of research projects and/or for engaging in innovative 
educational 
activities that have promise beyond the home institution's traditional 
education
approaches. Up to $150,000, depending on activities planned and current 
salary, 
may be requested in the social and behavioral sciences.

* Visiting Researcher - supports activities for academically employed 
women to 
conduct research and development projects at an industrial or 
non-Federal 
organization. Up to $150,000, depending on activities planned and 
current 
salary, may be requested in the social and behavioral sciences.

* Research/Educational Enhancement - supports opportunities to enhance 
the 
applicant's research and/or educational activities at the home 
institution or at
an external site through: (1) access and utilization of new and/or 
special 
facilities, skills, or methodologies; or (2) exploratory or pilot work 
to 
determine feasibility of a new line of inquiry or educational activity. 
Up to 
$50,000 may be requested in the social and behavioral sciences.

* Supplements - support additional research and/or educational 
activities for 
women principal investigators or co-principal investigators under 
existing NSF 
grants to (1) take advantage of a special opportunity (e.g., pursuit of 
a 
promising new direction in research or education, an international 
collaboration, an innovative idea for integrating research and 
education), or 
(2) provide extra support at a critical career stage (e.g., after major 
administrative demands, after a career interruption to accommodate 
family 
responsibilities or relocation requirements). Applicants in the social 
and 
behavioral sciences may request Supplements to standard research grants. 
The 
Division of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research will not entertain 
Supplement requests for Dissertation grants, Instrumentation grants, 
Research 
Experiences for Undergraduates grants, Training grants, Fellowships, 
Presidential Young Investigator grants, NSF Young Investigator grants, 
Presidential Faculty Fellows grants, Faculty Early Career Development 
grants, or
Center grants. Up to $20,000 may be requested for Supplements.

Only single-investigator proposals are appropriate. In the case of 
supplement 
requests from female principal or co-principal investigators on an 
existing 
multi-investigator award, any supplement request must be submitted by a 
single 
individual. POWRE proposals to support Visiting Professor, Visiting 
Researcher, 
or Research/Educational Enhancement activities that are submitted with 
co-investigators will be returned without review.

Consideration will be given to international activities to forge 
linkages 
between foreign and U.S. scientists and engineers, to provide access to 
unique 
research equipment and facilities, to plan joint seminars and workshops, 
or to 
address issues that can benefit from international comparisons. 
International 
experiences and collaborations are encouraged within each of the above 
categories where the international experience is well-justified and 
necessary to
achieve the scope of the project. Awards will be made only to U.S. 
institutions.
POWRE applicants wishing to pursue international activities should 
consult (NSF 
96-14) International Opportunities for Scientists and Engineers.


PROPOSAL REVIEW

In the social and behavioral sciences, POWRE proposals will be sent to 
ad hoc 
reviewers who have expertise in the scientific area of the proposal and 
then 
reviewed by a multidisciplinary panel composed of representatives of the 
various
fields of the social and behavioral sciences. Proposals will be reviewed 
in 
accordance with NSF's merit review criteria AND POWRE criteria as 
detailed in 
the POWRE Program Announcement (NSF 97-91). Each proposal should 
include, within
the 15 page limit for the project description, a statement addressing 
these 
POWRE-specific criteria and why the proposal is being submitted as a 
POWRE 
proposal rather than a regular research or education proposal.

PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT and ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For the full text of the POWRE Program Announcement, NSF 97-91, and 
additional 
information about the POWRE program as it becomes available, refer to 
NSF's web 
page: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/sber/common/powrehp.htm.



SUBMISSION DEADLINES

For FY 1998, the proposal receipt deadline is December 9, 1997. 
Supplements must
be submitted no later than February 17, 1998, although they can be 
submitted 
earlier. 

INQUIRIES

Questions regarding the POWRE Program may be directed to the 
Infrastructure 
Program or to the appropriate disciplinary program officer.
Bonney Sheahan, Program Director, Infrastructure 
Phone: (703) 306-1733 E-mail: bsheahan at nsf.gov
Disciplinary program officer phone numbers and e-mail addresses are 
listed on 
the SBER Home Page, http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/sber/start.htm.





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Julia Frugoli
Dartmouth College

visiting grad student at
Texas A&M University
Department of Biological Sciences
College Station, TX 77843
409-845-0663
FAX 409-847-8805

"Evil is best defined as militant ignorance."        
																										Dr. M. Scott Peck*****************************************************



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