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Facility and Instrumentation Request Process (FIRP)

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NSF 23-602

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.


The Facility and Instrumentation Request Process (FIRP) solicitation describes the mechanism by which the research community can propose projects that require access to instrumentation and facilities sponsored by the Facilities for Atmospheric Research and Education (FARE) Program in the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS).  FARE provides funding to a variety of organizations to make specialized instrumentation and facilities available to the atmospheric science research community through the Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) and the Community Instruments and Facilities (CIF) programs. FIRP allows for parallel evaluation of intellectual merit and broader impacts along with the feasibility of the proposed project.

All proposals to AGS that require the use of FARE-sponsored assets must be submitted through this solicitation. 

The FIRP solicitation offers three proposal submission tracks based on the type and purpose of the request:  

  • Track 1 - Education and Outreach.
  • Track 2 - Single Facility Request.
  • Track 3 - Field Campaigns.   

Preference for funding will be given to proposals submitted to programs in the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) in the Geosciences Directorate (GEO). If you are planning to submit a proposal to a program outside AGS, including NSF-wide or Directorate-wide solicitations, please contact the FARE program director, Shree Mishra at fare@nsf.gov to discuss the timelines, review process, and budget request for the use of FARE assets. 

Program contacts

Subhashree Mishra
fare@nsf.gov (703) 292-8521 GEO/RISE
Nicholas Anderson
AGS-PDM@nsf.gov (703) 292-4715
Sylvia Edgerton
AGS-ATC@nsf.gov (703) 292-8522 GEO/AGS
Eric DeWeaver
AGS-CLD@nsf.gov (703) 292-8527 GEO/AGS

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