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Grants in Astrobiology

The Green Bank Observatory and the American Philosophical Society have received funding from Dr. Martine Rothblatt, Chair and CEO of United Therapeutics, Inc., to support research in astrobiology. The program is named in honor of Dr. Baruch Blumberg, Nobel Laureate, first Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and President of the American Philosophical Society from 2005 until 2011. Dr. Blumberg was also Chair of United Therapeutics’s (Unither’s) corporate parent’s Scientific Advisory Board.

At this time the following programs are offered.

Blumberg Astrobiology Grants at the Green Bank Observatory

The Blumberg grant program at the Green Bank Observatory (GBO) supports use of the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) for research in astrobiology and related topics, including chemistry, planetary structure and formation, and star formation. The awards will support expenses associated with travel to the Green Bank Observatory for use of the GBT, or for reduction and analysis of archival GBT data. The award can also support travel to conferences and publication of the results. Preference will be given to graduate students and early career scientists.

Applicants should submit by Feb 17, 2020 a brief CV, a concise description of the proposed research, and an estimated budget. Students should have a brief letter from their advisor supporting the application. Awards will be made directly to the grantees.

All application materials should be sent by email by clicking the button below:

You may also use the email link above for all questions.

Baruch Blumberg Visiting Fellowship in Astrobiology at the Green Bank Observatory

The Green Bank Observatory is seeking applicants for a visiting Fellowship in Astrobiology or related topics. The Fellowship includes a stipend, housing at the Observatory, and support for relocation. It is intended to support an established researcher for a summer in residence at the GBO but could also be used for a sabbatical at Green Bank during other times of the year.

The deadline for applications is 17 February 2020.

  • All applicants must be able to work in the US
  • Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest and a CV
  • Reminder, deadline is February 17, 2020

American Philosophical Society Baruch Blumberg Grants in Astrobiology

The American Philosophical Society (APS) is pleased to partner with the Green Bank Observatory (GBO) to offer research support for graduate students and postdoctoral and early career scientists. The focus will be on three types of work not necessarily funded by other currently available sources. These areas of research are field work in China, collaborative research, and attendance at conferences. Applications will be reviewed by a select committee at the GBO, APS Members, and the scholars from wider science community as needed.

Deadline: February 17, 2020

Notification: April 2020


Amounts will depend on travel costs, but will ordinarily range between $5,000 and $7,000.

How to Apply

Please visit www.amphilsoc.org/grants/blumberg to download the application and reference letter forms and for submission instructions.

Contact Information

Questions concerning the eligibility of a project, applicant, or use of funds should be directed to Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, at LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org, or 215-440-3429.