March 20, 2009


SUBJECT:    Newly released information on NSF Stimulus Package

NSF has announced its implementation plans for Recovery Act funding, highlights of which are summarized below and may be found at

The Recovery Act supplements NSF fiscal year 2009 funding by $3.0 billion. NSF currently has many highly rated proposals that it has not been able to fund. For this reason, NSF plans to use the majority of the $2 billion available in Research and Related Activities for proposals that have already been received by the agency.

The Foundation also expects to award funds for: the Math and Science Partnership program; the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program; the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction Account; the Academic Research Infrastructure (ARI) program; and the Science Masters program. Solicitations for these latter two programs will be posted this spring.

The Foundation currently anticipates that no other solicitations will be posted that are solely in response to the Recovery Act.

NSF's approach will emphasize the following:

* All grants issued with Recovery Act funds will be standard grants (all funds are provided when the award is made) with durations of up to 5 years.

* Funding of new Principal Investigators and high-risk, high-return research will be top priorities.

* With the exception of the MRI, ARI and Science Masters programs, the majority of proposals eligible for Recovery Act funding include those that have already been received at NSF; these awards will be made prior to September 30, 2009.

* NSF will consider proposals declined on or after October 1, 2008, and the cognizant program officer will contact the campus when a reversal is being considered.

* Award notices will include special award conditions identifying the funding as coming from the Recovery Act and will require special reporting responsibilities.

Arthur B. Ellis
Vice Chancellor for Research