Request Documentation Definition

Letters of Interest for both large and small campaigns are now mandatory. Letters of Interest must be submitted to the LAOF Request Coordinator and the NSF LAOF Program Director approximately four months before an EDO or request is submitted. NSF will review LoIs, and the information contained therein will be used to confirm whether a proposed project falls into the "small" or "large" category. Once EOL receives the LoI, the project will be listed on the LAOF Long-term Planning Schedule ("The Queue"). 

 

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM OVERVIEW (SPO) - large campaigns only

The purpose of the SPO is to establish the overall scientific justification of the program. The SPO will have to be submitted in the form of a formal proposal to NSF via Fastlane following the requirements specified in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide. The SPO can include a small budget to pay for activities such as workshops, site visits, and other planning activities. 

 

EXPERIMENT DESIGN OVERVIEW (EDO) - large campaigns only

The purpose of the EDO is to describe the overall concept of the experimental design, resource needs, and management of the field campaign. The EDO will have to be submitted to the appropriate NSF Program Officer with an electronic copy of the NSF LAOF Program Director and the LAOF Request Coordinator. 

 

SCIENCE PROPOSALS 

To be eligible for a facility allocation, all projects requesting NSF facility support must be associated with one or more peer-reviewed scientific proposals submitted to NSF, NCAR, or an equivalent funding agency that justifies the use of an instrument or platform. Scientific proposals will have to be submitted in the form of a formal proposal to NSF via Fastlane following the requirements specified in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide. Since science proposals are considered confidential, the PI can but is not required to share her proposal with to the LAOF Request Coordinator. However, at a minimum, the following parts of the proposal are needed: 1-page project summary, 15-page project description, data management plan, and investigator CVs.

 

FACILITY REQUEST FORMS

The LAOF Partner Organizations, NSF, and the OFAP consider the request forms to be the most important documents in determining the feasibility of the proposed project. It is therefore important that each question on the PRESTO request forms are answered as completely and as accurately as possible.

 

PRESENTATION SLIDES

The PI is asked to submit up to six presentation slides in electronic format to the PRESTO. The slides should summarize the experiment design, scientific objectives, and scientific hypotheses to be tested during the campaign and will be used to introduce the project in a neutral and unbiased way to the Observing Facilities Assessment Panel. These slides are not intended to be a holistic view of the project, but an overview to initiate a discussion. The limited number of slides is intentional due to time constraints during the discussion session.