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Earth Sciences Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)

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Important information for proposers

Any proposal submitted in response to this funding opportunity should be submitted in accordance with the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. The NSF PAPPG is regularly revised and it is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets the requirements specified in this solicitation and the applicable version of the PAPPG. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

Supports infrastructure proposals for the following: acquisition or upgrade of research equipment; development of new instrumentation, techniques or software; and community facility support to make complex and expensive instruments.


The NSF Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) hereby solicits proposals for research infrastructure that is necessary to advance understanding of the Earth System including: the structure, properties and dynamics of the solid Earth and the interactions between the solid Earth and its biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and atmosphere; the history and evolution of life; and the history and dynamics of Earth’s climate.

The EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program (EAR/IF) will support meritorious requests for instrument-based and human research infrastructure that will advance understanding of the Earth system, contribute toward training a diverse geoscience workforce, and encourage efforts to support belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BAJEDI). 

EAR/IF will consider proposals for:

1) Equipment Acquisition or Upgrade

2) Instrumentation and/or Technique Development

3) Technician Support

4) Community Facility Support

5) Continental Drilling Planning

EAR seeks proposals that prioritize support for the U.S. Earth science community supported by EAR core or special programs (see https://www.nsf.gov/funding/programs.jsp?org=EAR for a current list of funding programs in EAR).


Program contacts

Russell C. Kelz
rkelz@nsf.gov (703) 292-4747 GEO/EAR
David D. Lambert
dlambert@nsf.gov (703) 292-8558 GEO/EAR

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