Guidelines for Writing an Experiment Design Overview (EDO)

IMPORTANT:

  1. The Experimental Design and Observational Requirements document should include information on all facilities to be involved in the field campaign; not just NSF supported facilities. Also, a description of the research objectives to be satisfied by the deployment of each facility should be included. This section must specify the time period of the field campaign and discuss possible alternate times and time flexibility.
  2. Principal Investigator(s) are required to contact the relevant Facility Managers before submitting an EDO for consideration by the OFAP.
  3. Please note that the PIs listed on the EDO should be the same as the ones listed on the SPO and be limited to no more than two individuals.
  4. The overall page limit for the EDO is 25 pages.
  5. The EDO will have to be submitted to the LAOF Program Director at NSF and the LAOF Request Coordinator with an electronic copy to the relevant Facility Managers and NSF Program Officers (see Contacts).
  6. There is only one target date per year for submission of an EDO - 15 January two years ahead of the fiscal year in which the program will be conducted.

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GUIDELINES FOR WRITING A EXPERIMENT DESIGN OVERVIEW (EDO):

Principal Investigator(s) are required to contact the relevant Facility Managers before submitting an Experimental Design Overview (EDO) for consideration by the OFAP.

The purpose of the Experiment Design Overview (EDO) is to describe the overall concept of the experimental design, resource needs, and management of the field campaign.

It will not be possible for the PI to develop an EDO without early involvement of the relevant Facility Manager(s). In the context of the scientific objectives, the EDO is the primary vehicle for review of the project's overall experimental design by the OFAP. It is the intent for the EDO to be holistic; therefore, NSF and non-NSF facilities should be treated in the EDO in the same manner. The review procedures and criteria used by the OFAP can be found in the OFAP Terms of Reference and Operating Procedures. The EDO should briefly explain the scientific issues to be addressed (Note: the OFAP will have access to the SPO or equivalent document) and provide substantial details of experimental design and program management. If non-NSF facilities also will be part of the overall project, the EDO should describe the role of these facilities in the experimental design.

A suggested outline for the overview document is provided below, although the PIs may adjust the format as necessary. The page limits for each section are provided for guidance only. The overall page limit for the EDO, however, is twenty-five (25) pages, and this limit will be strictly enforced (page limit does not include figures, tables, references and the copies of Sections I and J of SPO, see below). Additionally, each page must have no less than 2.5 cm margins at the top, bottom and on each side. Type size must not be smaller than 10 points.

SUGGESTED OUTLINE:

Executive Summary 1 Page
Program Rationale and Scientific Hypotheses 2 Pages (may refer to SPO)
Scientific Objectives 2 Pages (may refer to SPO)

Experiment Design and Observational Requirements

This section should include information on all facilities to be involved in the field campaign; not just NSF supported facilities. Also, a description of the research objectives to be satisfied by the deployment of each facility should be included. This section must specify the time period of the field campaign and discuss possible alternate times and time flexibility

10 Pages
Project Management including Management in the Field 5 Pages
Data Management Plan 5 Pages
Section I of SPO No Page Limit
Section J of SPO No Page Limit