Crowdfunding Astronomy Research

by Guest February 22, 2012

This is a guest post from Travis Metcalfe, astronomer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and former chair of the AAS Employment Committee. In 2008, with a grant from Google, he established the Pale Blue Dot project, a non-profit adopt-a-star program that funds an international collaboration supporting the Kepler mission. Motivated by a perfect […]


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Funding opportunities for graduate students

by Jane February 24, 2011

A new page on our wiki collects funding opportunities for graduate study.  We’ve got the big fellowships (NASA GSRP and NSF GRF), predoctoral programs at observatories, and travel grants for grad students to attend conferences.  What are we missing?  Please speak up in the comments!


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Telescope and Grant Proposal Calendar [Wiki]

by Kelle January 25, 2011

Upon the excellent suggestion of Angelle Tanner, we’ve created a shared Google Calendar for common telescope and grant proposal deadlines. The calendar is embedded below and also has its own wiki page: Telescope and Grant Proposal Calendar. We’ve already added a lot of deadlines and programs, but I’m sure we’re missing some. Please comment on […]


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Google Docs to Write Collaborative Proposals

by Kelle January 6, 2011

Recently, the BD-NYC collaboration (me, Emily Rice, and Jackie Faherty) wrote an entire NSF proposal with Google Docs and it was AMAZING! In this post, I detail all the little things that we learned that will make it easier for you to get started using this tool. I’ve also whipped up a proposal template that […]


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Bad Proposals Writing Techniques

by Kelle December 14, 2010

How to Fail in Grant Writing | Do Your Job Better—The Chronicle of Higher Ed A list of proven techniques for writing bad proposals. (via Mordecai Mac Low). Some of my favorites: Focus your grant entirely on your own study species and/or area of focus. Knowledge for knowledge’s sake, right? Dealing with problems of general […]


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Research funding: Making the cut : Nature News

by Kelle October 1, 2010

Research funding: Making the cut | Nature News Submitting a grant proposal but never been on a committee? Here’s an inside look at how it actually goes down. Even though this article is about a committee for the American Cancer Society, it sounds basically the same as an NSF review panel to me. (via Jackie […]


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Links: Future of NASA missions, Diversity Handbook, and more.

by Kelle May 7, 2010

2010 Senior Review for Operating Missions – NASA Science | Results of the most recent Senior Review of NASA’s operating missions. Link to a PDF with comments on each mission at the bottom of the page. Their rank ordering, from highest to lowest: Plank, Chandra, Warm Spitzer, Swift, Newton, WMAP, Suzaku, GALEX, RXTE, INTEGRAL, […]


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