[Comp-neuro] NSF Position Available in Cognitive Neuroscience

Tuller, Betty K. btuller at nsf.gov
Thu Oct 20 16:31:41 CEST 2011

The Cognitive Neuroscience program at the National Science Foundation is
seeking a Program Officer for a "rotator" position. The position
description has been posted on USAjobs at



For people unfamiliar with the NSF Rotator Program, it allows a faculty
member or advanced Research Scientist to come to Washington for a year
or two and assume the role and responsibilities of a program officer.
They are both Program and Review (in NIH terms), run the review meetings
("Panels" at NSF), and make funding decisions.  One year is a bit too
short to do anything truly innovative, such as start a new program, but
with a two-year stint you can have a permanent effect in shaping the


That is how many people start in science administration. Others go back
to their university much better informed about funding opportunities and
about how NSF works.


Important note:  You don't have to 'waste' a sabbatical to do it, as
most institutions will allow you to take a leave of absence (the NSF
pays your full salary either through your university or as a federal
employee, often with a cost-of-living adjustments and a per diem for
diem in the DC area, away from your primary residence).  You will learn
a lot about how the grants process works, and get to enjoy all that
Washington has to offer.


Please forward this announcement to anyone you think might be


Apologies for multiple postings




Betty Tuller, Ph.D. 
Director, Program in Perception, Action, and Cognition 
National Science Foundation 
4201 Wilson Blvd 
Arlington, VA 22230 
Tel: 703.292.7238 
Fax: 703.292.9068 


* A new Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide effective for
submissions after June 6, 2011 is now available at
http://infoshare.nsf.gov/showFile/3627/0611.pdf. This includes a new
requirement for submission of a data management plan (DMP). Proposals
that do not include a DMP will not be able to be submitted.  For more
information about this new requirement, please see the Grant Proposal
Guide, Chapter II.C.2.j
and the Data Management and Sharing Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)
<http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/dmpfaqs.jsp> . Please note: the SBE
Directorate has additional guidance for proposals submitted to SBE
programs, please see Data Management for NSF SBE Directorate Proposals
and Awards <http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/SBE_DataMgmtPlanPolicy.pdf> .


In addition to the Intellectual Merit criterion, all proposals are
evaluated on the Broader Impacts criterion.


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