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Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation for the Astronomical Sciences (ATI)

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


The Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation for the Astronomical Sciences (ATI) program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for the development of new technologies and instrumentation for use in ground-based astronomy and astrophysics.  The program supports achieving the science objectives of the Division of Astronomical Sciences.  The development of innovative, potentially transformative, technologies and instruments are sought, even at high technical risk. Supported categories include (but are not limited to):  advanced technology development, concept feasibility studies, and specialized instrumentation to enable new observations that are difficult or impossible to obtain with existing means.  Proposals may include hardware and/or software development and/or analysis to enable new types of astronomical observations.  Access to the ATI supported technology and instrumentation development efforts by the US astronomical community is viewed as an important metric of success.  An annual Principal Investigators meeting is planned to disseminate information between the funded research efforts.

Program contacts

Zoran Ninkov
zninkov@nsf.gov (703) 292-2533 MPS/AST

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