Funding Alert: $150,000 Per Year for Geospace Environment Modeling

TL;DR: Up to $150,000 per year for up to five years is available for startups or organizations conducting research that helps advance our understanding of how the Sun influences geospace and the upper atmosphere. Apply on


Closing date: None, this is an ongoing funding type
Expected number of awards: 6–10 per year
Award amount: $150,000 per year for up to 5 years
How to apply: Start here

What is the National Science Foundation?

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent agency of the United States government that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. Its medical counterpart is the National Institutes of Health. With an annual budget of about US$7.8 billion, the NSF funds approximately 24% of all federally supported basic research conducted by the United States’ colleges and universities. In some fields, such as mathematics, computer science, economics, and the social sciences, the NSF is the major source of federal backing.

The National Science Foundation strives to invest in a robust and diverse portfolio of projects that creates new knowledge and enables breakthroughs in understanding across all areas of science and engineering research and education. To identify which projects to support, NSF relies on a merit review process that incorporates consideration of both the technical aspects of a proposed project and its potential to contribute more broadly to advancing NSF’s mission “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense; and for other purposes.” NSF makes every effort to conduct a fair, competitive, transparent merit review process for the selection of projects.

Why geospace environment modeling (GEM)?

The Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) is one of three targeted programs in Geospace Science Section designed to address the question of how the Sun influences geospace and the upper atmosphere. The overarching goal of the GEM program is to explore, understand, and ultimately predict the dynamics of the geospace system by advancing increasingly realistic numerical simulations, including global and specialized regional models, and capabilities for synoptic observations.

In addition, the program supports an annual workshop. It is held for one week each summer to provide a forum for investigators to present and discuss recent results, exchange information, plan future experiments, and improve and develop geospace modeling capabilities. The GEM program encourages participation by students who benefit from the interdisciplinary nature of the program and its emphasis on model development and validation.

How does this funding work?

Normally, GEM awards are made for a duration of three years, but proposers may request from one to five years of funding provided the requested duration is adequately justified. Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds. The typical award size is approximately $120,000 per year with a duration of three years. The maximum award size is $150,000 per year. The estimated number of awards is 6 to 10 new awards in each year.

Proposals should include a description of the relevance of the research to the currently active GEM Focus Groups (FG). Information about the currently active GEM FGs can be found at the GEMwiki or by contacting one of the cognizant NSF Program Officers.

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