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CSES 2018 Call for Proposals (FY19 Starts)

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Round 2 Proposal selections---CLOSED

The National Security Education Center's (NSEC's) Center for Space and Earth Science (CSES) is pleased to announce the 2018 call for proposal for new starts starting in fiscal year 2019 (after September 30, 2018).

This announcement covers the following CSES program elements for FY19, together with their due dates.

FY19 Student Fellow Program

  • Proposals due at CSES: Closed
  • Selections: May 11, 2018
  • Program New Starts: start of FY19
  • Program duration: 1 year, 2 years or 3 years

FY19 Chick Keller Postdoctoral Fellow Program

Chick Keller Fellow Program Nearing Capacity - The CSES Chick Keller PostDoc Fellowship program is nearing its capacity of ~8 CK postdocs, roughly two in each Focus Area. At this time, CSES will NOT be soliciting new CK Fellow applications for the upcoming May and August PostDoc Committee Quarterlies.  The next opportunity will be at the December 2019 Quarterly.

The Postdoc program web pages will be updated accordingly.

  • Packages due at Postdoc Program office Conforming to the LANL PostDoc’s Office Quarterly meeting schedule
  • Selections: one week after the quarterly meetings

FY19 Emerging Ideas Program (Research and Development and Program Development)

  • Proposals accepted at CSES anytime from September 7, 2018 through June 3, 2019
  • Round 1 - CLOSED
  • Round 2 - CLOSED
  • Round 3 - TBD
  • Selections: Up to 3 selections a year (every four months, see above).
  • Program duration: 3 or 6 Months, need to be completed in FY19

FY19 Large University Program (Not offered in FY19)

However: PI’s are encouraged to plan ahead for a submission to this program element by building new relationships with prospective university partners through the Student Fellow Program.

For details on this call, refer to the full 2018 Call for Proposals (FY19 Starts (pdf) documentation.

New for the 2018 Call for Proposals (FY19 Starts)

  • Updated Focussed Science Topics for each CSES Research Area
  • The old “Climate” Focus area has been re-cast as the “Earth System” Focus area and its focused science topics have been updated accordingly – see Section 2.4.
  • The Chick Keller Postdoctoral Fellowship, will accept nominations at each one of the quarterly Postdoc Committee review meetings.
  • The Emerging Ideas Programs will have three selection rounds during FY19 with published deadlines.
  • Large University Program--Not Offered in this call (Next opportunity will be in the FY20 call for FY21 new starts)

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