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Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)

Earth Sciences Acquisition and
Research Equipment Funding

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National Science Foundation

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To advance laboratory and field investigations and student research training opportunities in the Earth sciences. Provides funding to upgrade research group computing facilities, development of new instrumentation, analytical techniques or Software that will extend current research and research training capabilities in the Earth sciences. Support of national or regional multi-user facilities that will make complex and expensive instruments or systems of instruments broadly available to the Earth sciences research and student communities; Support for early career investigators to facilitate expedient operation of new research infrastructure proposed by the next generation of leaders in the Earth Sciences.

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GrantWatch ID#: 123722

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  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • LEAs (Local Educational Agencies)
  • Local Governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Private sector organizations
  • Qualified personnel refers to those individuals who are approved as required to deliver services
  • School Districts
  • Small businesses
  • State governments
  • Teachers

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

NSF welcomes proposals on behalf of all qualified scientists, engineers and educators. The Foundation strongly encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to participate fully in its programs. Scientists, engineers and educators usually initiate proposals that are officially submitted by their employing organization.

1. Universities and Colleges accredited in, and having a campus located in the U.S., acting on behalf of their faculty members.

2. Non-profit, non-academic organizations - Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities.

3. For-profit organizations - U.S. commercial organizations, especially small businesses with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education. An unsolicited proposal from a commercial organization may be funded when the project is of special concern from a national point of view, special
resources are available for the work, or the proposed project is especially meritorious. NSF is interested in supporting projects that couple industrial research resources and perspectives with those of universities; therefore, it especially welcomes proposals for cooperative projects involving both universities and the private commercial sector.
4. State and Local Governments - State educational offices or organizations and local school districts may submit proposals intended to broaden the impact, accelerate the pace, and increase the effectiveness of improvements in science, mathematics and engineering education in both K-12 and post-secondary levels.
5. Unaffiliated Individuals - Scientists, engineers or educators in the U.S. and U.S. citizens may be eligible for support, provided that the individual is not employed by, or affiliated with, an organization, and: the proposer has demonstrated the capability and has access to any necessary facilities to carry out the project; and the proposer agrees to fiscal arrangements that, in the opinion of the NSF Division of Grants & Agreements, ensure responsible management of Federal funds. Unaffiliated individuals should contact the appropriate program before preparing a proposal for submission.
6. Foreign organizations - NSF will consider proposals for cooperative projects involving U.S. and foreign organizations, provided support is requested only
for the U.S. portion of the collaborative effort.

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Preliminary inquiry regarding eligibility should be made to the appropriate program before preparing a proposal for submission.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

David Lambert, Program Director, 785 S
telephone: (703) 292-8558
fax: (703) 292-9025

Russell C. Kelz, Program Director, 785 S
telephone: (703) 292-4747
fax: (703) 292-9025

Thomas J. Boyd, Program Director, 785 S
telephone: (703) 292-4742
fax: (703) 292-9025

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