Request Process for Educational Deployments

The National Science Foundation reserves a portion of the NSF Deployment Pool for use by educators wishing to gain access to observational facilities for classroom instruction and hands-on learning experience. Instruments can be made accessible for graduate, undergraduate, and K-12 education, including facility deployment to a university for a limited period of time. As such, educational deployments offer unprecedented opportunities for project-based learning, real-time research, and teamwork in the field of observational meteorology.


Proposals will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Description of the education activity including the type of course (e.g., undergraduate versus graduate, majors versus non-majors)
  • Planned use of data being collected
  • Number of undergraduate/graduate students that will be included in the proposed activity
  • Implementation of ancillary, opportunistic K-12 educational and outreach activities

Before submitting your request you may want to see what other educators have done in past educational deployments.


All US academic institutions are eligible to submit a request/proposal. Submission of a proposal by students will also be accepted but must be accompanied by a statement of approval by a faculty advisor. Repeat requests by the same educator will be accepted no more frequently than every other year. Schools or instructors who successfully requested a facility more than three times are required to "raise the bar" and propose additional activities that go above and beyond hands-on teaching activities in support of classroom instructions (e.g., preparation of online learning activities illustrated with real-life data examples).


Requests for use of facilities in educational deployments should be submitted at least four and no more than six months ahead of the start of the coursework associated with the intended deployment. This will allow sufficient time for an instructor to properly integrate the instrument deployment activities into their course material. Off-cycle deployment requests will be considered under special circumstances.


The NSF is currently reviewing the Educational Deployment Program request process. Please direct inquiries to


Requestors will work with the Facility Manager(s) to carry out the proposed educational deployment. Facility staff or a technician can be requested for deployment to provide guidance and training of facility for instructors and students.


Submit a Final Report
A final report of the educational deployment is required no later than eight weeks after the end of the deployment. The report should include

  • A recap of the educational objectives conducted
  • A description of the deployment and class procedures, including student assignments
  • An assessment of the success of the activity both from the instructor’s and participating students’ points of view
  • A narrative of outreach activities
  • A section on lessons learned
  • A detailed breakdown of the number of individuals reached during the entire deployment.
  • The final report should be submitted to

Any questions concerning this request process or details about the availability of facilities should be directed to

Footnote 1: The NSF Deployment Pool supports expenses directly associated with the deployment of the NSF Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF).