Projects supported by the Annual Fund
The Friends of the National Center Annual Fund accepts donations throughout the year to support projects that help advance Earth system science and, most importantly, lift up the next generation of researchers.
Your gift to the Annual Fund helps support:
Next Generation Fellowships
Young scholars honing their scientific and leadership skills to meet tomorrow’s challenges
These fellowships are intended for graduate students from communities underrepresented in Earth system science. The inaugural cohort of fellows, announced in fall 2017, is receiving financial support for two years of graduate school and two summers of internship alongside NCAR and UCAR mentors. The program offers three tracks: Earth System Science, Diversity and Inclusion in the Earth System Sciences, and Public Policy.
K-Gray STEM Education
New efforts that communicate the science and real-world applications of NCAR and UCAR research to students, teachers, and the public
These creative projects enhance understanding of STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — through innovative explorations in atmospheric and Earth system science. Leveraging the expertise of the UCAR Center for Science Education in pedagogy, outreach, and inclusion of diverse learners, these STEM and STEAM efforts (which integrate the arts) reach a large nationwide audience with programs, workshops, exhibits, and events.
Open Access to Current & Archival Scholarship
Wider access to vital scholarly resources
The NCAR|UCAR OpenSky Research Collection provides open access to a trove of peer-reviewed articles and other scientific, intellectual and educational contributions to Earth system science research. Continually updated, OpenSky’s scholarly works represent the efforts of individuals at NCAR and UCAR and of increasingly diverse research teams from across the research community. The Archives Collection includes the AMS Oral History Project, records from early field campaigns, individual scientists’ papers, and other materials from the earliest days of NCAR to the present.
A small portion of your donation is used to raise additional funding and for other minor administrative costs, such as website maintenance. While we do not set a percentage for these costs, we are dedicated to maximizing the programmatic impact of your support