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Funding Available for Unidata Equipment Grants

The Division of Atmospheric Sciences (ATM) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) will accept equipment proposals from academic institutions engaged in teaching and research in the atmospheric and related sciences for Unidata-supported systems. (System definition assistance is available by contacting the Unidata Program Center [UPC] at support@unidata.ucar.edu.) Small schools and schools that have not previously submitted proposals are encouraged to apply. It is NSF’s intent to assist those institutions that presently do not have interactive meteorological computer capability to participate in the Unidata Program. In addition, NSF will accept proposals for purchasing hardware and software to assist institutions whose Unidata-related computing equipment is becoming obsolete—especially institutions whose computers do not meet the minimum standards currently recommended by the UPC. NSF will also accept proposals for purchasing hardware and software that will enhance an institution’s participation in the Internet Data Delivery (IDD) system or a department’s participation in NSF’s Very high speed Backbone Network Service (vBNS). The target date for submitting proposals to be considered for funding in FY 1998 is June 16, 1998.

NSF expects to fund five to ten awards at levels ranging between $2,000 - $25,000 dependent upon the availability of funds. Proposals will be evaluated by ad hoc mail review, panel review, or a combination of the two in accordance with established Foundation procedures and the two general criteria described in the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG), NSF 98-2. In addition, the following criteria will be used to evaluate the proposals:

Contribution to Research. Potential that the proposed equipment will enhance and contribute to local research programs in progress or being developed; potential for the equipment to support innovative and significant research.

Contribution to Education. Potential that the proposed equipment will enhance and contribute to local education efforts in the atmospheric and related sciences by providing new approaches to classroom and individual instruction.

System Management Competence. Technical soundness of the proposal with respect to equipment selection and integration with existing local systems; capability of faculty and staff involved to manage and utilize the proposed equipment; adequacy of the institutional commitment to assist in obtaining, managing, and maintaining the proposed equipment.

Contribution to Unidata Community Capability. Potential for the equipment and associated developments in concepts and software to contribute to the enhancement of the community capability for interactive analysis and computation through Unidata. Commitment to participate in Unidata’s community-based support efforts, including but not limited to enhancing or augmenting the IDD system. This includes sites already acting as relay nodes that may need equipment upgrades as well as sites that are well-positioned on the network and have the willingness, expertise, and staff to act as relays but lack adequate equipment. This is especially true for departments on campuses that are being connected to the vBNS (very high speed Backbone Network Service). It also includes sites where the new equipment will facilitate the site acting as a data source or data recovery node for the community.

Unidata equipment awards will provide funds for hardware and the requisite software only. NSF encourages, but does not require, organizations responding to this announcement to contribute to the costs of the project supported by NSF.

While cost sharing will not be considered in evaluating proposals, cost sharing specified in the proposal will be referenced and included as a condition of any award resulting from this announcement.

In addition, proposals should describe:

1. the relationship of the proposed system to the existing computing facilities, both departmental and institutional;

2. the percentage of the departmental computing resources that the proposed system comprises; and

3. the relationship of the proposed equipment to the departmental five-year strategic plan for computing capabilities.

Submission of Unidata Proposals

Proposals should be clearly identified for consideration under Unidata. Ten copies should be sent to the National Science Foundation PPU, 4201 Wilson Boulevard., Room P60, Arlington, VA 22230. Proposals should follow the guidelines specified in the Grant Proposal Guide, NSF 98-2. Single copies of this brochure are available at no cost from:

NSF Publications Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 218
Jessup, MD 20794-0218
Telephone (301) 947-2722, or
via e-mail from Internet: pubs@nsf.gov

Further information may be obtained from Mr. Bernard Grant, Division of Atmospheric Sciences, National Science Foundation; bgrant@nsf.gov; 703-306-1521; FAX: 703-306-0377.


The National Science Foundation provides awards for research in the sciences and engineering. The awardee is wholly responsible for the conduct of such research and preparation of the results for publication. The Foundation, therefore, does not assume responsibility for the research findings or their interpretation.

The Foundation welcomes proposals from all qualified scientists and engineers and strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to compete fully in any of the research related programs described here. In accordance with federal statues, regulations, and NSF policies, no person on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin, or disability shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving financial assistance from the National Science Foundation.

Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities (FASED) provide funding for special assistance or equipment to enable persons with disabilities (investigators and other staff, including student research assistants) to work on NSF projects. See the program announcement or contact the program coordinator at 306-1636.

Privacy Act and Public Burden. The information requested on proposal forms is solicited under the authority of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended. It will be used in connection with the selection of qualified proposals and may be disclosed to qualified reviewers and staff assistants as part of the review process; to applicant institutions/grantees; to provide or obtain data regarding the application review process, award decisions, or the administration of awards; to government contractors, experts, volunteers, and researchers as necessary to complete assigned work; and to other government agencies in order to coordinate programs. See Systems of Records, NSF 50, Principal Investigators/Proposal File and Associated Records, and NSF-51, 60 Federal Register 4449 (January 23, 1995). Reviewer/Proposal File and Associated Records, 59 Federal Register 8031 (February 17, 1994). Submission of the information is voluntary. Failure to provide full and complete information, however, may reduce the possibility of your receiving an award.

Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 120 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to Gail McHenry, Reports Clearance Officer, Division of Administrative Services, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

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