NEW: Facility and Instrumentation Request Process (FIRP)

The NSF released the new Facility and Instrumentation Request Process (FIRP) solicitation, which describes the mechanism by which the research community can propose projects that require access to instrumentation and facilities sponsored by the Facilities for Atmospheric Research and Education (FARE) Program in the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS). FARE provides funding support to a variety of organizations to make specialized instrumentation and facilities available to the atmospheric science research community through the Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) and the Community Instruments and Facilities (CIF) programs. For more information, please contact Dr. Shree Mishra, NSF FARE Program Officer (

Do you have questions about the FIRP solicitation?

The NSF will host their next Office Hour, which is scheduled for 2:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, 12 October. It will cover topics related to Instrumentation and Facilities, including the new Facility and Instrument Request process, MRI, Mid-scale, and Geospace Facilities. Please register here:


In alignment with advice from public health professionals, both locally and globally, NCAR|UCAR is undertaking recommended protocols to reduce the “community spread” of COVID-19 as a way to mitigate risks to our staff, their families, and the community. The organization is currently in the yellow phase of the Return-to-the-Workplace Framework. Please visit the NCAR website for more information.  

NCAR Research Aviation Facility Building

The construction of the new Research Aviation Facility building, located at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, CO, is complete. The state-of-the-art building, funded by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), recently opened its doors, offering staff and visitors ample office, conference, and lab space within a modern setting.


Open-source Online Educational Resource
Instrumentation and Measurement of Atmospheric Parameters

A series of ten interactive, multimedia educational lessons focus on the science involved in measuring basic atmospheric parameters is now available.

The lessons can help with successful instrument siting and data collection for various efforts, including to enhance traditional instruction on topics such as instrument types, measurement techniques, site selection, and measurement uncertainty. Access the Instrumentation and Measurement of Atmospheric Parameters lessons.