Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Deep Underground Science and Engineering Program Planning and Technical Requirements
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Important Notice to Proposers
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.
Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.
A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.
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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