Faculty Development in the Space Sciences (FDSS)

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

The Geospace Section of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences is pleased to offer awards for the creation of new tenure-track faculty positions within the intellectual disciplines which comprise the space sciences to ensure the health and vitality of solar and space sciences on university teaching faculties. The aim of these awards is to integrate research topics in solar and space physics into basic physics, astronomy, electrical engineering, geoscience, meteorology, computer science, and applied mathematics programs, and to develop space physics graduate programs capable of training the next generation of leaders in this field. Space Science is interdisciplinary in nature and the Faculty Development in the Space Sciences awardees will be expected to establish partnerships within the university community.

Institutions may submit only one proposal in response to this solicitation.


  • Duke Internal: March 26, 2019
  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): May 24, 2019

If the internal deadline has passed and you are interested in this opportunity, please email Anastasia Maddox at fundopps@duke.edu to find out if it is still open.


Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Who May Serve as PI:

Principal Investigators should be someone at the university with the authority to implement the proposed program and select and hire the new faculty member. These may be, but are not limited to, a Dean, a Provost, a Director of a university associated research institute, a Department Chairperson, or a senior tenured faculty member.

Additional Eligibility Info:

The successful candidate will be added as a co-PI on the award, subject to NSF's prior written approval and in accordance with standard agency policies and procedures. It is expected that grantees will initiate a job search to determine an appropriate candidate to fill the tenure-track faculty position. Candidates already in tenured or tenure track positions, or those whose research interests are only marginally related to space science are not eligible for FDSS support.

The candidate selected must meet the intent of this solicitation. The cognizant NSF Program Officer may request information about the candidate to confirm that the intent of this solicitation is being met. Such information may include, and is not limited to:

  1. A description of the search including details of efforts undertaken to broaden participation;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A publication list; and
  4. A statement of research interests and proposed educational outreach and teaching plans of the successful candidate.




Amount Description

An approximate maximum of $4,500,000 is expected to be awarded for selected proposals over five years, beginning with $900,000 in FY2019. Depending on the availability of funds, NSF expects to make three to four awards. Under this solicitation proposals may be submitted for any funding amount per year up to $300,000 per year for five years. The maximum total award size will be $1,500,000. Each award will be made as a continuing grant. NSF funding will support the entire academic year salary and benefits of the newly recruited tenure-track faculty member.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
CV or Biosketch of project leader
Project summary - 1 page

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)  https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDE...

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials: https://www.ctsi.duke.edu/myresearchproposal

Internal Deadline

March 26, 2019

External Deadline

May 24, 2019