While you are struggling with your US National Science Foundation (NSF) proposals, wondering if your preproposal will survive the current round of evaluations, did you know there is a very simple and fast way to get some extra funds? It is in the form of responding to a Dear Colleague Letter. Here is a link to one. I don’t know how long that link will last, so just search for NSF and Dear Colleague Letter. The funds go to supplements, EAGERS, and workshops. They seem to come up when NSF wants you to think about something specific. The letter I pulled up is about food, water, or energy. But don’t think too narrowly. In these days of tight funding, any extra funding or innovation can help. Funding through Dear Colleague Letters (DCL) can be very easy to get. I would contact one of the listed program officers on the DCL of interest first.
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