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This group is lead by Gunther Kletetschka. We are interested in meteorites, planetary geology, composition of asteroids and comets. Specifically we dwell into the comet age evaluation based on crystallinity, if asteroids can possess their own magnetic dynamo, and what is the nature of geophysical fields on planets like Mars, Jupiter, Mercury, including some of their moons. Growing interest is about fall of meteorites on our planet, and what change this makes to terrestrial environment. We explore possible ways how to design mining of asteroids, how to navigates this cargo back to Earth and how to safely deliver it to the surface of Moon or Earth. Part of our interest is understanding of the degree of terrestrial conditions influence on the pristine meteorite's composition once it lands.

Head of the group:
Gunther Kletetschka, gunther.kletetschka@natur.cuni.cz, Tel. +420734802049, +12402447711

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Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 2:24 PM Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects (MCB) Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 20, 2017 All research proposals, including RUI and RCN proposals, will be accepted on or before this deadline. Program Guidelines: NSF 17-589 The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) supports quantitative, mechanistic, predictive, and theory-driven fundamental research designed to promote understanding of complex living systems at the molecular, subcellular, and cellular levels. While recognizing the need for thorough and accurate descriptions of biological complexes and pathways, the priority of the Division is to support work that advances the field by capturing the predictive power of mechanistic, quantitative, ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503626&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 2:24 PM Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 21, 2017 Program Guidelines: NSF 14-601 The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program supports interdisciplinary research that examines human and natural system processes and the complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales. Research projects to be supported by CNH must include analyses of four different components: (1) the dynamics of a natural system; (2) the dynamics of a human system; (3) the processes through which the natural system affects the human system; and ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13681&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 2:22 PM Towards a Leadership-Class Computing Facility - Phase 1 Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 20, 2017 Program Guidelines: NSF 17-558 NSF invites proposals for the acquisition and deployment of a High Performance Computing (HPC) system, called the Phase 1 system, with the option of a possible future upgrade to a leadership-class computing facility. The Phase 1 system will serve two important and complementary purposes: It will serve as a robust, well-balanced, and forward-looking computational asset for a broad range of research topics for which advances in fundamental understanding require ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503148&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 2:19 PM Mid-Scale Innovations Program in Astronomical Sciences (MSIP) Preliminary Proposal Deadline Date: November 20, 2017 Program Guidelines: NSF 17-592 A vigorous Mid-Scale Innovations Program (MSIP) was recommended by the 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, citing "many highly promising projects for achieving diverse and timely science." As described in this solicitation, the Division of Astronomical Sciences has established a mid-scale program to support a variety of astronomical activities within a cost range up to $30M. This program will be formally divided into four ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504874&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 9:42 PM Mathematical Biology Full Proposal Window: November 15, 2017 Program Guidelines: PD 16-7334 The Mathematical Biology Program supports research in areas of applied and computational mathematics with relevance to the biological sciences. Successful proposals are mathematically innovative and address challenging problems of interest to members of the biological community. Some projects of interest to the Mathematical Biology Program may include development of mathematical concepts and tools traditionally seen in other disciplinary programs within the Division ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5690&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 9:34 PM Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG) Full Proposal Window: November 15, 2017 Program Guidelines: NSF 16-574 The Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG) Program provides individual investigator and collaborative research grants for observational, theoretical, laboratory, and archival data studies in astronomy and astrophysics. Acceptable research areas include the following: stellar astronomy and astrophysics; the astronomy and astrophysics of our Galaxy; extragalactic astronomy and astrophysics; and cosmology. Proposals for projects and tools that enable and enhance research in those ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13630&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 9:32 PM Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs Full Proposal Window: November 15, 2017 SMALL Projects Program Guidelines: NSF 17-572 CISE’s Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) supports research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: The Cyber-Human Systems (CHS) program; The Information Integration and Informatics (III) program; and The Robust Intelligence (RI) program. Proposals in the area of computer graphics and visualization may be submitted to any of the three core programs ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13707&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 9:30 PM Applied Mathematics Full Proposal Window: November 15, 2017 Program Guidelines: PD 16-1266 The Applied Mathematics program supports mathematics research motivated by or having an effect on problems arising in science and engineering. Mathematical merit and novelty, as well as breadth and quality of impact on applications, are important factors. Proposals to develop critical mathematical techniques from individual investigators as well as from interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Proposals whose primary applications are in the biological sciences are inappropriate for ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5664&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 9:27 PM Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) Full Proposal Window: November 15, 2017 All proposals to the Division of Astronomical Sciences - Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants Program Guidelines: PD 12-8084 Advanced computational infrastructure and the ability to perform large-scale simulations and accumulate massive amounts of data have revolutionized scientific and engineering disciplines. The goal of the CDS&E program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for major scientific and engineering breakthroughs through new computational and data analysis approaches. The intellectual drivers may be in an individual discipline or they may cut across more than one discipline ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504813&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 6:05 AM Integrated Earth Systems (IES) Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 14, 2017 Deadline Date Program Guidelines: NSF 16-589 The Earth consists of a variety of complex systems that are variable over space and time, and respond to a wide range of perturbations. The goal of the Integrated Earth Systems (IES) program is to investigate the interplay among the continental, terrestrial, and interior systems of the planet. The program provides an opportunity for collaborative, multidisciplinary research into the operation, dynamics, and complexity of Earth systems that encompass the ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504833&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF Upcoming Due Dates item.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 4:09 PM Spitzer Space Telescope Extended Operations Request for Information The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is seeking information from parties who are interested in operating the Spitzer Space Telescope using non-NASA funding, including defining and executing a Spitzer science program, beyond the timeframe of the NASA-funded mission. The Astrophysics Division of SMD has committed support for Spitzer operations through March 2019. If no engineering impediments arise we expect that current Spitzer operations could continue through September 2019 and operations beyond September 2020 should be possible for the lowest data volume observing modes. The FY18 cost of Spitzer operations, without direct science data analysis funding for the Guest Observer (GO) program and Deep Space Network (DSN) support, is $14 million. Responses to this Request for Information are sought from all interested domestic parties. The full text of the Request for Information (RFI), including instructions for submitting a response, may be found at https://www.fbo.gov/notices/9bbeab044b505ed30c080b98a46ff622. Questions may be addressed to: Dr. Jeffrey J.E. Hayes, Program Executive, Astrophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, jeffrey.hayes-1@nasa.gov.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 5:14 PM PDCO NEOO Partnerships RFI Planetary Defense Coordination Office Near Earth Objects Observations Partnerships Request for Information Through this Request for Information (RFI) NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) is soliciting capability statements to identify private sector and philanthropic organizations that could contribute to the Near-Earth Object (NEO) Observations Program. This RFI will be used for planning purposes only and will be internally reviewed. NASA will use the information obtained as a result of this RFI on a non-attribution basis. Responses of up to 10 pages must be submitted by November 13, 2017, via NSPIRES in response to NNH17ZDA009L. The specific objective of this RFI is to seek information on organizations that NASA’s PDCO could partner with to enhance the NEO Observations Program and specific information on their capabilities that could aid in this Survey. For example: Your organization’s specific capabilities (both current or already in development) that could be leveraged to achieve the goals of the NEO Observations (NEOO) Program. Examples include: telescopes with effective aperture diameters, instrumentation specifications, infrared sensors, long range radars with power and resolution, satellite technical information, ground station information, and technical information about related assets your organization controls. Mechanisms that NASA could use to expand collaborative partnership with your organization to detect, track, catalogue, and categorize NEOs. Examples include: public-private partnerships, data sharing agreements, and memoranda of understanding. Previous relevant experience is also of interest. Capability areas that PDCO is interested in include but are not limited to: 1. Data Processing and Management 2. Detection and Tracking 3. Follow-Up 4. Characterization Information on capabilities in these areas or other areas not listed but that could be potentially helpful to PDCO should include information on current capabilities as well as capabilities in development that will be available without any partnership with NASA. Capabilities reported in development should not include any that are contingent on initiation of a partnership with NASA before they could be implemented. Please refer to the full text of this RFI which is posted as a PDF on the NSPIRES web page at NNH17ZDA009L for background information, response guidelines, and other details. Questions concerning this Request for Information should be emailed to Dr. Kelly Fast kelly.e.fast@nasa.gov.

DTU Space is seeking an applicant for a 3-year fully funded Ph.D. position in UAV-based geophysics. Airborne magnetic surveys map the variation of the Earth's magnetic field strength caused by magnetic materials in the near subsurface. Advanced lightweight and long-range UAVs hold tremendous potential for airborne magnetic surveying due to low operating costs and high flexibility. In addition, the use of UAVs is ideal for collecting very dense data over smaller grids and at low altitude. Such high-resolution surveys are an important component e.g. in mineral exploration and in detection of Unexploded Ordnance (explosive remnants of war: UXO).

Division of Physics: Investigator-Initiated Research Projects (PHY) Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 8, 2017 Nuclear Physics - Experiment and Theory Program Guidelines: NSF 17-561 The Division of Physics (PHY) supports physics research and the preparation of future scientists in the nation’s colleges and universities across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest. The Division is comprised of disciplinary programs covering experimental and theoretical research in the following major subfields of physics: Accelerator Science; Atomic, ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505058&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Geometric Analysis Full Proposal Target Date: November 7, 2017 Program Guidelines: PD 10-1265 The program in Geometric Analysis supports research on differential geometry and its relation to partial differential equations and variational principles; aspects of global analysis, including the differential geometry of complex manifolds and geometric Lie group theory; geometric methods in modern mathematical physics; and geometry of convex sets, integral geometry, and related geometric topics. Conferences Principal Investigators should carefully read the ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5549&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB) Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 7, 2017 Program Guidelines: NSF 15-501 The Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology to recent recipients of the doctoral degree for research and training in selected areas supported by BIO and with special goals for human resource development in biology. The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503622&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC) Full Proposal Deadline Date: November 6, 2017 Program Guidelines: NSF 17-542 In 2013, a new NSF-funded petascale computing system, Blue Waters, was deployed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The goal of this project and system is to open up new possibilities in science and engineering by providing computational capability that makes it possible for investigators to tackle much larger and more complex research challenges across a wide spectrum of domains. The purpose of this solicitation is to invite research groups to submit ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503224&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

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