Proposals That Include Ship Time
Here in OCE we are aware that there has been some confusion over the past couple of years about when to submit NSF proposals that include a request for ship time. As reported in several recent issues of Making Waves, we developed a plan to restructure the proposal submission and scheduling processes so there would be enough lead time to make the overall process as efficient and cost-effective as possible. For a variety of reasons there was some concern that the plan could adversely impact ocean-going science.
Our purpose here is to reformulate OCE guidance on the submission of NSF seagoing science proposals in terms that emphasize the need for sufficient lead time between proposal submission and the expedition itself.
When should an ocean-going science proposal be submitted to NSF?
Keeping the above lead time guidance in mind, proposals may be submitted for either of the two annual OCE target dates -- 15 February or 15 August. (Yes, this is a change from the earlier guidance we provided in the Fall 2012, Winter 2013, and Fall 2014 issues of Making Waves.)
Is that a hard-and-fast rule? Or are exceptions possible?
What else should a principal investigator do before submitting a proposal to go to sea?
And last but not least, early engagement with your cognizant program officer at NSF – even before the proposal writing is begun — is always wise, especially if the project is logistically complex and carries a hefty price-tag. As we’ve said many times before: If in doubt about what you are doing or what you need to do, get in touch with your program officer!
(This article was originally submitted in Making Waves Summer 2016 Newsletter)
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