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Division of Earth Sciences

Geoinformatics  (GI)

Geoinformatics on Hiatus for One Year

The development of cyberinfrastructure for the geosciences (Geoinformatics) has been a separately identified funding opportunity in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) beginning in 2006. A stand alone solicitation (NSF 11-581) was released in 2011.  The focus of this solicitation has been on the data, software tools, and computational infrastructure that respond to the EAR community cyberinfrastructure needs.  There have been significant advances in all aspects of this cyberinfrastructure development since 2011 and EAR considers it time to evaluate the progress that has been made and to determine whether any changes should be made to the goals and/or structure of the Geoinformatics Program to better address current community needs.  In order to accomplish this program review,  there will be a one year hiatus in submission of proposals effective immediately.  A revised solicitation will be published in 2018.

Name Email Phone Room
Leonard  E. Johnson (703) 292-8559   
Eva  Zanzerkia 703-292-8556   
David  Lambert (703)292-8558   


Solicitation  11-581

Important Information for Proposers

ATTENTION: Proposers using the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template for more than 10 senior project personnel will encounter proposal print preview issues. Please see the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information website for updated guidance.

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 18-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Current but no Longer Receiving Proposals


The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) will consider proposals for the development of cyberinfrastructure for the geosciences (Geoinformatics).  EAR seeks the development and implementation of enabling information technology with impacts that extend beyond an individual investigator or small group of investigators and that facilitates the next generation of geosciences research.  Proposals to this solicitation may seek support for community-driven development and implementation of databases; tools for data integration, interoperability, and visualization; software development and code hardening; and data-intensive/new computing methodologies that support the enhancement of geosciences research and education activities. Collaboration with computational scientists and the development of public/private partnerships are strongly encouraged.

The efforts supported by this solicitation do not overlap with, but are complementary to, EarthCube, a partnership between the Geosciences Directorate (GEO) and the Office of Cyberinfrasrtructure (OCI) to build an integrated geosciences-wide cyberinfrastructure (  The goal of EarthCube is to transform the conduct of research in the geosciences by supporting community-created cyberinfrastructure that integrates knowledge management across the geosciences.  The Geoinformatics solicitation will support efforts to create the underlying knowledge base and utilities that will be integrated, over time, through EarthCube.  Projects submitted to the Geoinformatics solicitation should be proposed using modern software techniques and standards that facilitate eventual integration into a geoscience-wide knowledge system.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program