Track 1 - Education & Outreach FARE/LAOF Request Process

The NSF Facility and Instrumentation Request Process (FIRP) solicitation states that Track 1 proposals are requests for limited field or laboratory activities that are targeted at education and outreach. Track 1 proposals must include educational activities in formal and informal settings based on state-of-the-art pedagogical knowledge aimed at providing hands-on student training in field or laboratory-based observational research, and/or provide significant public outreach through coordinated events. The total proposal cost must be under $50,000.

An exception to the $50,000 cap is allowed for aircraft-based educational deployments using the Wyoming King Air, and the NCAR-operated C-130 and GV. Track 1 requests for the C-130 and GV may only be made in conjunction with an already-funded field campaign or planned test flights. Stand-alone Track 1 requests may be requested with the Wyoming King Air after consultation with the FARE program director.

PIs of funded field campaigns should include education and outreach in their original plans and not rely on Track 1 proposals to augment the campaign. The focus of Track 1 proposals must be on education and outreach; projects with substantial research components should be submitted under Track 2 or Track 3.

The FIRP solicitation states that Track 1 proposals can be submitted 9 – 12 months ahead of the planned activity. There is no deadline, and submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

Read more from the NSF Facility and Instrumentation Request Process (FIRP) solicitation about the Track 1 request process.

Track 1 EOL FARE/LAOF Request Process

A PI-submitted FARE/LAOF facility request and EOL-provided cost estimate are required to be submitted by the PI with the FIRP proposal. For EOL to prepare the required documents and share with the PI in a timely manner, the following the steps are necessary:

  1. PI engages with the EOL Facility Request Coordinator during the proposal preparation process to ascertain facility availability and suitability for the proposed research.
  2. PI submits optional Statement of Interest (SoI) to NSF ahead of activity.
  3. PI submits Facility Request via PRESTO no later than two months before FIRP proposal submission date.
  4. EOL prepares a cost estimate for the FARE/LAOF.
  5. LAOF Request Coordinator shares a copy of the facility request and the FARE/LAOF Cost Estimate with PI within seven weeks of receiving the facility request for inclusion in the NSF FIRP proposal.
  6. NSF Decision
  7. Project planning
  8. Deployment

Documents for Track 1 Facility Request 

Prepare the following required documents in PDF format for upload to PRESTO as part of the facility request.

  • Project Description (5-page limit)
    Describe the education or outreach activity that will be conducted, the integration with existing or planned activities, and a rough estimate of the number of people that will participate in the education or outreach activities using a LAOF-sponsored facility.

  • Data Management Plan (no page limit)
    All proposals must describe plans for data management and sharing of the products of research. PIs must submit data obtained using FARE/LAOF assets to NCAR for archiving no later than one year from the date of completion of the project. Data archiving at NCAR will be provided via NCAR-hosted Geoscience Data Exchange for NSF (GDEX), and emails regarding data archiving can be directed to If extenuating circumstances require an extension to the 1-year deadline, a request for an extension must be sent to the FARE Program Director. Investigators are encouraged to reference the AGS data management guidance while drafting their data management plan:


FARE/LAOF Request Coordinator
Ms. Alison Rockwell
o. (303) 497-8758