My main objective in this note is to tell you about various websites with information relevant NSF's role in the support of gravitational physics research.
For those of you interested in NSF's budget, I recommend two sources of information. The first is the American Institute of Physics FYI: Science Policy News (see http://www.aip.org/fyi/ ). You can subscribe to receive alerts by email or view the archive. For example, see http://www.aip.org/fyi/2006/141.html for some background on FY2007 budget prospects. See also http://www.aip.org/fyi/2007/014.html for the latest information. The second source is NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. Click on http://www.nsf.gov/about/congress/index.jsp for the latest information on the progress of the President's Budget Request through Congress and on http://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/ to see the Budget Request for any Fiscal Year (the FY2008 Budget Request will appear in early February) and, correspondingly, what was actually passed.
For those of you planning on submitting proposals or who have awards, an excellent site for learning how to interact with Fastlane is the Fastlane Demonstration Site ( http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/jsp/homepage/demo_site.html ). You can log in as a fictitious PI and click on all possible buttons to see what happens. Aside: THE PHYSICS DIVISION'S TARGET DATE FOR SUBMISSION IS THE LAST WEDNESDAY IN SEPTEMBER.
To find out what is supported by the Gravitational Physics Program (or any other NSF program), use the Award Search at http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/ . For example you can perform a ``key word'' search to find all award abstracts containing ``Einstein.'' If you scroll down and click ``active awards only,'' you will find 211 such awards. If you click on Program Information near the top of the page, you can find all awards (past or present) supported by the Gravitational Physics Program. Fill in the relevant Element Code: Gravitational Experiment (1243), Gravitational Theory (1244), Support of LIGO Research (1252), and LIGO Operations and Advanced R&D (1293).
Finally, the main NSF website ( http://www.nsf.gov ) is the starting point to search for funding opportunities outside Gravitational Physics. Clicking on Math, Physical Sciences under Program Areas (top left column on the page) will take you to the website of the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Other Program Areas include Crosscutting (for Major Research Instrumentation, CAREER, REU Sites), International (to see the programs of the Office of International Science and Engineering), Computer, Info. Sci., Eng. (for the CISE Directorate), and Cyberinfrastructure (for the Office of CyberInfrastructure). In addition, the website http://www.nsf.gov/funding/ allows searching and browsing for active solicitations.