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Deadline: EarthCube (NSF)

Grants.gov Announcement

Program Title:


Synopsis of Program:

EarthCube is a community-driven activity sponsored through a partnership between the NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) and the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering’s (CISE) Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) to transform research in the academic geosciences community. EarthCube aims to create a well-connected and facile environment to share data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner, thus accelerating our ability to understand and predict the Earth system.

Achieving EarthCube will require a long-term dialog between NSF and the interested scientific communities to develop cyberinfrastructure that is thoughtfully and systematically built to meet the current and future requirements of geoscientists. New avenues will be supported to gather community requirements and priorities for the elements of EarthCube, and to capture the best technologies to meet these current and future needs. The EarthCube portfolio will consist of interconnected projects and activities that engage the geosciences, cyberinfrastructure, computer science, and associated communities. The portfolio of activities and funding opportunities will evolve over time depending on the status of the EarthCube effort and the scientific and cultural needs of the geosciences community.

This umbrella solicitation for EarthCube allows funding opportunities to be flexible and responsive to emerging needs and collaborative processes. The EarthCube vision and goals do not change over time, and this section of the solicitation will remain constant. Funding opportunities to develop elements of the EarthCube environment will be described in Amendments to this solicitation. Amendments will appear in the Program Description section of the solicitation and will include details on the parameters, scope, conditions, and requirements of the proposal call. Researchers who receive alerts related to solicitation releases will receive notification when the EarthCube solicitation is updated with an Amendment.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

  • Eva Zanzerkia,Directorate for Geosciences, Earth Sciences Division, telephone: (703) 292-4734, email: ezanzerk@nsf.gov
  • Amy Walton,Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, telephone: (703) 292-4538, email: awalton@nsf.gov
  • Michael Sieracki, Directorate for Geosciences, Division of Ocean Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-7585, email: msierack@nsf.gov
  • Subhashree (Shree) Mishra, Directorate for Geosciences, Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Science, telephone: (703) 292-8521, email: sumishra@nsf.gov
  • Colleen Strawhacker, Directorate for Geosciences, Office of Polar Programs, telephone: (703) 292-7432, email: colstraw@nsf.gov
  • S. Irfan Azeem, telephone: (703) 292-4694, email: sazeem@nsf.gov
  • Baris M. Uz, Directorate for Geosciences, Division of Ocean Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-4557, email: bmuz@nsf.gov
  • Peter Milne, Directorate for Geosciences, Office of Polar Programs, telephone: (703) 292-4714, email: pmilne@nsf.gov

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

  • 47.050 — Geosciences
  • 47.070 — Computer and Information Science and Engineering

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 4 to 11

The number of awards will be determined based on the results of the merit review process and availability of funds.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $5,000,000 to $10,000,000

subject to availability of funds.

The size of awards will vary based on the scope and complexity of the funding opportunity and the projects supported under this call.

Eligibility Information

Who May Submit Proposals:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) – Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
  • Other Federal Agencies and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs): Contact the appropriate program before preparing a proposal for submission.

Who May Serve as PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required
  • Full Proposals:

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements:Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.
  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:Not Applicable
  • Other Budgetary Limitations:Other budgetary limitations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

C. Due Dates

    • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):     March 24, 2016

            EarthCube Prototypes

      March 24, 2016

            EarthCube Capabilities

      March 14, 2017

            EarthCube Integration

      March 05, 2019

            EarthCube Science-Enabling Data Capabilities

    • Full Proposal Target Date(s):     March 14, 2017

            EarthCube RCN

      March 14, 2019

      EarthCube RCN

Proposal Review Information Criteria

Merit Review Criteria: National Science Board approved criteria. Additional merit review considerations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

Award Administration Information

Award Conditions: Additional award conditions apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

Reporting Requirements: Standard NSF reporting requirements apply.