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Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities  (EAR/IF)


Name Email Phone Room
Russell  C. Kelz rkelz@nsf.gov (703) 292-4747  790 N  
David  D. Lambert dlambert@nsf.gov (703) 292-8558  790 N  
Jonathan  Wynn jwynn@nsf.gov (703) 292-4742  790 N  


Solicitation  11-544


Full Proposal Accepted Anytime

Proposals for the Development of New Instrumentation, Analytical Techniques or Software, Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities and Support for Early Career Investigators will be accepted at any time henceforth.


The Instrumentation and Facilities Program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR/IF) supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas supported by the Division (see http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=EAR). EAR/IF will consider proposals for:

1) Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment that will advance laboratory and field investigations, and student research training opportunities in the Earth sciences.  The maximum request is $1,000,000. The maximum request for upgrade of research group computing facilities is $75,000;

2) Development of New Instrumentation, Analytical Techniques or Software that will extend current research and research training capabilities in the Earth sciences.  The maximum request is $1,000,000;

3) 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;

4) Support for Early Career Investigators to facilitate expedient operation of new research infrastructure proposed by the next generation of leaders in the Earth Sciences.  This opportunity allows for submission of a proposal for Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment that includes budget line items associated with support of a new full-time technician who will be dedicated to manage the instrument(s) being requested.  Any request for technical support under this opportunity is limited to three years duration. The maximum request is $1,000,000.

Planned research uses of requested instruments, software, and facilities must include basic research on Earth processes SUPPORTED BY THE DIVISION OF EARTH SCIENCES.

Support is available through grants or cooperative agreements awarded in response to investigator-initiated proposals.

Human resource development and education are expected to be an integral part of all proposals submitted to EAR/IF. 

Efforts to support participation of underrepresented groups in laboratory and/or field instrument use and training are encouraged. 

All proposers to EAR/IF are invited to consider Support of Outreach and/or Broadening Participation Activities.  Proposals submitted to the EAR/IF Program may request up to $20,000 for such activities (please refer to Sections V.A Proposal Preparation Instructions and V.B Budgetary Information).

Proposals requesting equipment, infrastructure or personnel that will also serve disciplines outside the Earth sciences may be jointly reviewed with other programs within the Foundation. EAR/IF will consider co-funding of projects with other NSF programs and other agencies.



Continental Dynamics

EAR Education and Human Resources

Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities


Geobiology and Low-Temperature Geochemistry

Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics


Hydrologic Sciences

Petrology and Geochemistry

Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology


Major Research Instrumentation Program


Additional Program Information for Instrumentation and Facilities


Deep Earth Processes Section

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program



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