Management and Operation of the Virtual Astronomical Observatory

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Management and Operation of the Virtual Astronomical Observatory: Proposals are solicited to manage and operate the Virtual Astronomical Observatory (VAO) through a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Virtual Astronomical Observatory will serve to link a multitude of astronomical data sets into an integrated system that allows automated search and analysis among all cataloged objects. The VAO will provide access to data sets, create and maintain data protocols and standards, and provide analysis tools and services to the astronomical research and educational community. The VAO is expected to act as an enabling and coordinating structure to facilitate the development of tools, protocols, and collaborations necessary to utilize fully the scientific potential of current and future astronomical data. Any implementation of the VAO and its ongoing operation will build on the framework for virtual observatories being developed by the U.S. National Virtual Observatory (NVO) project and the NASA astrophysics data centers, within the international context provided by the International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA). Any proposed implementation of the VAO must utilize the IVOA and NVO established standards and protocols for unified content descriptors, catalog, data and database access, data models, and documents. NVO tools and services should be incorporated in any proposed implementation of the VAO. Proposals must include a transition plan describing how the framework established by the NVO project and its current activities will be continued and evolve into the proposed management structure and long-term operations of the VAO.
Federal Grant Title: Management and Operation of the Virtual Astronomical Observatory
Federal Agency Name: National Science Foundation
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 08-537
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 47.049
CFDA Descriptions: Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Current Application Deadline: No deadline provided
Original Application Deadline: Apr 22, 2008 Full Proposal Deadline(s): April 22,
Posted Date: Jan 22, 2008
Creation Date: Jan 22, 2008
Archive Date: No date given
Total Program Funding: $5,500,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award:
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $5,500,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
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Additional Information on Eligibility
*Organization Limit: Proposals may only be submitted by the following: -Proposals may be submitted by all U.S. organizations, including universities and colleges, non-profit, non-academic organizations, for-profit organizations, and government sponsored organizations. Because access to NASA centers and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) sponsored by NASA or NSF is open to any awardee, such centers and FFRDCs will not be eligible as primary proposers, only as supporting partners, participating to meet the NSF and NASA responsibilities negotiated under the award instrument.
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