NSTC Establishes 'New' Early Career Awards for Scientists

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) has announced the establishment of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The following federal agencies will nominate outstanding scientists and engineers to receive these awards: the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce. As stated in an Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) press release, 'The White House has established a new awards program to recognize outstanding young scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers.'

Awardees will be selected and named in the early fall of each year and will receive substantial research support (through the participating agencies) for 5 years.

No additional funds were allocated to support the new awards program. Many of the agencies will simply consolidate existing awards into the Early Career Awards program.

Some agencies will select 1996 award winners from the pool of applicants for their existing programs; others will wait until 1997 to begin making awards.

The award announcement and more detailed information can be obtained by contacting the participating agencies. Those agencies most likely to fund psychologists are:

NSF at (703) 644-4276;

NIH at (301) 435-0714;

Office of Naval Research at http://www.onr.navy.mil;

Air Force Office of Scientific Research at (202) 767-4969;

Army, described in the ARO Broad Agency Announcement (ARO BAA), which can be ordered at:

U.S. Army Research Office
4300 S. Miami Blvd.
P.O. Box 12211
Research Triangle Park
NC 27709-2211

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