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This important information applies to all of you who are submitting to thE January 16 SGP deadline.  Please pass this informAtion along to those who are interested. 


Important information for programs with deadline dates of January 14, 2013 or later:


·         If the program you are submitting to has a deadline date of January 14, 2013 or later, and you submit your proposal prior to this date, you must prepare your proposal in accordance with the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 13-1), which requires that the one-page Project Summary include 1) an overview; 2) a statement on intellectual merit of the proposed activity; and 3) a statement on the broader impacts of the proposed activity. (See GPG, Chapter II.C.2b)


·         If you prepare your proposal prior to January 14, 2013, with the intention of submitting it on or after January 14, 2013, the information that you included in the Project Summary in FastLane will be inserted into the overview text box of the Project Summary.  Per PAPPG guidelines, you will need to include this information in the three text boxes (overview; statement on intellectual merit; statement on broader impacts) or FastLane will not accept your proposal. (See GPG, Chapter II.C.2b)

Submitted by Lisa Park Boush and Rich Lane 

A number of exciting things have been happening at the National Science Foundation. Rich Lane and I thought we would bring you an update on some of them. Below is a summary of these. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Lisa Park Boush ( or Rich Lane (


Earth-Life Transitions (ELT)


The Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology program is pleased to announce a NEW funding opportunity for the SGP community! This program, called “Earth-Life Transitions” (ELT) is a direct response to some of the grand challenges posed by the community through a number of workshops and National Academy reports. ELT will support fundamental research into Earth system dynamics, focusing on scientific questions at the frontiers of climate change and biogeosciences. The goals of the Earth-Life Transitions program are 1) to develop the synergistic activities and capabilities of multi-disciplinary scientists to address critical questions about Earth-Life interactions in deep time and 2) to enable team-based interdisciplinary projects involving stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleontology, calibration and application studies, geochronology, and climate modeling at appropriately resolved scales of time and space, to understand the major linked events of environmental, climate and biotic change at a mechanistic level.


This program is Track 2 of the newly revised SGP solicitation 12-608 and can be found on the SGP website: The estimated number of awards for the Track 2 ELT competition is ~6 at <$500,000 and ~4 at $1,000,000-$1,500,000. A PI can only submit ONE proposal to the Track 2 competition. The program will be offered every other year in the Spring (2013, 2015, 2017). The deadline for submittal is February 23, 2013 and January 17 in 2015 and 2017. Normal merit review criteria as well as page limits, data management and post-doc mentoring plans apply. 


If you have any questions regarding this new funding opportunity, please contact the SGP Program Officers: H.Rich Lane (email:; phone: 703-292-4730) and Lisa Park Boush (email:; phone: 703-292-4724).