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National Science Foundation announces Young Investigator Awards program for 1994

STANFORD -- The National Science Foundation has opened the competition for the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Awards (NYI) for fiscal year 1994. These awards have the following goals:

  • To recognize outstanding young faculty in science and engineering.
  • To enhance the academic careers of recent Ph.D. recipients by providing flexible support for research and educational activities.
  • To promote public awareness of the work of academic scientists and engineers and to foster contact and cooperation with industry and institutions that support research and education.

Each NSF Young Investigator Award consists of an annual base grant of $25,000 from the foundation, plus up to $37,500 on a dollar-for-dollar matching basis from industrial and not-for-profit sources, resulting in total annual support of as much as $100,000.

Awards will be made for up to five years based on an annual performance review and availability of funds. The National Science Foundation would like to encourage cooperation between academia and industry on research activities and, therefore, encourages matching fund support from industry. "Matching Fund Guidelines" will be provided to awardees.

Nominations should be made at the department level; therefore, the chairperson or tantamount administrative official should nominate faculty members for the awards.

Nominees must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents as of Jan. 28, 1994, are eligible.
  • Nominees must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent awarded on or after Jan. 1, 1988, but not later than Jan. 28, 1994.
  • Nominees must have a tenure-track or tenured faculty position or equivalent at their nominating institution on or beginning before Jan. 28, 1994.
  • Nominees must not have entered on a tenure-track or tenured faculty position or equivalent at any NYI eligible college or university prior to Jan. 1, 1990.

Questions regarding eligibility usually center on permanent resident status and equivalency for tenure-track positions and doctoral degrees. To address the former, the foundation requests that permanent residents provide their residency or "A" number and date of residency to allow verification of status through the Immigration and Naturalization Service as necessary. Delay in providing such information may result in a delay in processing the nomination.

Individuals whose Ph.D. receipt date meets the preceding requirement, but whose first tenure-track appointment preceded Jan. 1, 1990, and lasted for six months or less beyond receipt of Ph.D., are eligible if their next such appointment began after Jan. 1, 1990.

An example of a doctoral degree equivalent is an M.D. The National Science Foundation normally will not support biomedical research with disease-related goals; however, research in bioengineering that applies engineering principles to problems in biology and medicine while advancing engineering knowledge is eligible for support. Bioengineering research to aid persons with disabilities is also eligible.

All nomination submissions must be received at NSF by Jan. 28, 1994. Complete guidelines and forms are available in the Sponsored Projects Office (723-4237).


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