The National Science Foundation (NSF) notified the scientific community on 18 March 2009 of the agency’s plans to spend the $3 billion received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (i.e., economic stimulus). NSF will allocate nearly $2 billion to fund grant proposals the agency has already received. These proposals will be reviewed and awarded by 30 September 2009.

NSF will also reconsider proposals that were rejected on or after 1 October 2008, the start of the current fiscal year. Declined proposals with high quality reviews that were not accepted due to a lack of funding at the time of the original decision will be reconsidered for funding.

In addition, NSF will fund the Math and Science Partnership program ($25 million), the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program ($60 million), the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction Account ($400 million), the Academic Research Infrastructure program ($200 million), and the Science Masters program ($15 million). Solicitations for the latter three programs will be posted this spring. NSF does not anticipate seeking any other proposals that are solely in response to the economic stimulus.

The agency plans to make timely award of the funds while maintaining the established peer review process. Proposals that fund new principal investigators or high-risk, high-return research will be top priorities.

To read the full NSF guidance, go to

Additionally, on 27 March 2009, the agency published Frequently Asked Questions about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For this information, please go to


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