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Deep Underground Science and Engineering Program Planning and Technical Requirements

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


This solicitation invites proposals to develop the scientific and engineering objectives and technical requirements for any areas of science and engineering that require the special characteristics of a deep underground environment. The separate Elements (experiments) should be grouped in Modules (groups of experiments that share basic infrastructural requirements) for a possible deep underground science and engineering laboratory. The primary purpose of this solicitation is to establish the site-independent scientific and engineering benchmarks against which the capabilities of the candidate sites for an underground laboratory will be measured. The Elements within each Module may be grouped by required depth, required space, by scientific or engineering area, or by other unifying features. Potential spatial or other infrastructural incompatibilities between individual elements should also be identified. 

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David Lambert
Program Director
dlambert@nsf.gov (703) 292-8558
Richard N. Boyd
Program Director
rboyd@nsf.gov (703) 292-7381
Richard J. Fragaszy
Program Director
rfragasz@nsf.gov (703) 292-8360

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