The upcoming NSF Astronomy Portfolio Review will use the 2010 Decadal Survey report, New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics (NWNH), as a guide in making decisions about NSF strategic investment over the next 10 years. As described in this Currents article, NOAO has laid a strong foundation for leadership by the US astronomical community at the NWNH science frontiers through support from NSF. Investments guided by community-based planning efforts have prepared us to provide and utilize, in the coming decade, unique capabilities that address the NWNH science objectives Cosmic Dawn, New Worlds, and Physics of the Universe.
As ever, NOAO is dedicated to cost-efficient stewardship of federal investment in ground-based OIR astronomy, to maintaining broad engagement with our diverse community, and to the exploration of new scientific frontiers. Our dedication to open-access research is aimed at ensuring that the best ideas, regardless of where they come from, will connect to the right capability to make those bold leaps forward. We look forward to a decade where NOAO, Gemini, and the rest of the US OIR System work together with the community to enable transformational science.
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Last updated or reviewed July 7, 2012.