Additional Guidance for EarthCube EAGERs and Supplements
All proposals to EarthCube (EAGER or Supplement) must meet standard NSF policy requirements. EAGER awards are meant to support high-risk, exploratory, and potentially transformative research, and these points must be addressed in the submission. The Project Description is expected to be brief (five to eight pages) and include clear statements as to why this project is appropriate for this funding opportunity, including why it does not “fit” into other existing programs. The box for EAGER must be checked on the cover sheet. Standard font and spacing guidelines will apply. Prior to submission of a proposal or supplement, an email expression of interest (up to a two-pages) is requested prior to formal submission of proposals or supplement. This email summary should conform to the guidance provided in the DCL (citation) and herein and (1) identify which of the above three categories the proposed activity would address; (2) explain the scientific motivation for the proposed effort; (3) describe the resultant advances that would be enabled by the undertaking, and (4) identify the members of the team.
In addition, the November Charrette identified several desirable characteristics for EarthCube projects:
- Support EarthCube Objectives: Proposals should
definitively support the EarthCube outcome goal of transforming
the conduct of research in geosciences by supporting the development
of community-guided cyberinfrastructure to integrate data and
information for knowledge management across the Geosciences and
the guidance provided in the DCL(citation). Proposals must identify
themselves as related to at least one of the three categories
outlined in the DCL: Advance the study of, and planning for, a
Strategic Organizational Framework for EarthCube; Work toward
achieving one or more Critical Milestones for the EarthCube vision
as related to the identified capabilities from the Charrette (http://earthcube.ning.com/page/capabilities);
Development of one or more new capabilities beyond those previously
identified. In addition, the proposals must demonstrate a connection
to established high priority capabilities and milestones derived
from community dialog at the Charrette.
- Show Significant Near Term Impact: Proposals
must further the objectives of providing input towards the convergence
of ideas and approaches that will facilitate successful outcomes
from the May EarthCube event. There must be reasonable expectation
that progress can be made by May.
- Show Strong Collaborative Approaches: Proposals
should demonstrate a strong connection to the geosciences research
and education communities, both in terms of engagement and content.
NSF anticipates that proposals supported by EarthCube will facilitate
new partnerships and collaborations with the goal of overcoming
obstacles and barriers to the development and adoption of EarthCube,
thereby serving the broad geosciences community.
- Offer Opportunities to Transform: Proposed
projects should demonstrate transformational opportunities which
contain all of the following characteristics: are broad in their
disciplinary approach, extensively inclusive of people and organizations
within geosciences, and produce outcomes that will substantially
benefit a broad segment of the community.
- Promote Open and Inclusive Dialog: Consistent
with EarthCube’s open dialog process, successful proposals
should demonstrate substantial outreach, dissemination, and broad
community inclusion effort during the award period and leading
up to the May EarthCube Event.