National Science Foundation
NSF: Management and Operation of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
Proposals are solicited to manage and operate the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). NOAO is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by a managing organization under cooperative agreement with NSF. NOAO is a national center for research in ground-based, nighttime, optical and infrared (O/IR) astronomy for the U.S. astronomical community.
NOAO's core mission is to facilitate access for all qualified professional researchers to state-of-the-art observational capabilities and data bases in O/IR astronomy, and to enable the U.S. research community to pursue a broad range of modern astrophysical challenges from small bodies within the Solar System, to the most distant galaxies in the early Universe, to indirect observations of dark energy and dark matter.
One proposal per organization is allowed. Collaborative proposals will not be accepted. Proposers can enter into subrecipient arrangements. However, the main proposing organization will be held responsible for full compliance with the scope of work mentioned in their proposals and the terms and conditions of any resulting cooperative agreement.
The successful proposal will be awarded as a cooperative agreement with an expected ten year duration. The initial award commitment will be for five years with continuation for an additional five years contingent on a successful performance review in the fourth year. NSF funding for NOAO baseline operations and management is anticipated at an initial level of $17,500,000 in FY 2016 with a projected escalation by 3% each year for the duration of the award.
To comply with the limitation of one proposal per organization, please contact Mary Hall Reno (
/ 335-1689) in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, if you are interested in applying.
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