Facility Request Forms


There is a new platform to submit the facility request forms called Project Requests Online (PRESTO). As of 1 May 2019, we are implementing the Beta release of PRESTO, and the traditional forms are no longer accepted. PIs must submit all request for Small and Large Campaigns via the online platform.

EOL currently handles the request process for the use of NSF’s Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) which involves platforms and instrumentation managed by NCAR, CSWR, and the University of Wyoming.

Over the last decade, significant changes have been implemented to improve and streamline this process for all stakeholders. The most recent improvement is the implementation of a new online system called Project Requests Online (PRESTO), a web-based, integrated documentation handling system that automates and streamlines the main aspects of the LAOF request process. This beta release of PRESTO is fully operational, and the form questions may change over time as improvements are made.

Use the PRESTO platform to request one or more NSF LAOF for Small and Large campaigns. Please note that the completed requests forms are the most important documents in the project evaluation process and form the basis for establishing the feasibility, risk, and cost of a campaign. PRESTO offers a secure, fully online facility request submission process. 

Once logged in, the submitting PI can save the forms and return to complete them at a later date. Please see the PRESTO Guidance for Submitting PIs page for details on how to create login credentials and step-by-step instructions on how to complete the forms or go directly to PRESTOPlease note: You will need an active XSEDE account and login credential to log into PRESTO. 

The same submission deadlines are in effect with the new PRESTO system. Upcoming deadlines are:

  • Small Campaigns: 1 July and 1 December 2019
  • Large Campaigns: 15 January 2019 [EDOs and SPOs] and 15 August 2019 [Facility Requests]



PRESTO is managed and maintained by the NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) in collaboration with the XSEDE Resource Allocation Service (XRAS). PRESTO provides secure, online forms and document uploading for submitting PIs to request the NSF LAOF. The eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is an NSF-funded program (Award Number: 1053575) to develop an unprecedented, comprehensive advanced digital services cyberinfrastructure (CI) to enable transformative open science and engineering research and innovative training and educational programs.