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National Science Foundation

Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

Institutional Eligibility: Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members.

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).

Proposal Limit: 1

Summary: NSF invites proposals to develop the third EarthScope National Office. Duties of this office will include, but are not limited to:
•    Coordinating and facilitating syntheses of major outcomes from EarthScope research, education, and outreach through a variety of efforts, such as organizing workshops, preparation of special journal editions or monographs, and development of formal or informal education modules or activities, with the primary goal of demonstrating the significant impacts of EarthScope to date;
•    Publishing a quarterly EarthScope newsletter and annual integrated EarthScope science report;
•    Developing and maintaining the EarthScope Web site;
•    Maintaining an active social media presence to promote EarthScope science and broader impacts and to engage a variety of communities;
•    Developing and distributing EarthScope outreach materials (e.g., brochures, one-pagers, the EarthScope booth, video materials, etc.) using both traditional and new media;
•    Coordinating the EarthScope Speaker Series and the EarthScope National Meeting, and assisting with other EarthScope and broader community-initiated workshops and short courses;
•    Supporting the EarthScope Steering Committee and its subcommittees, and other components of the EarthScope advisory structure; and
•    Representing EarthScope at appropriate research and educational conferences and public outreach events.

In addition, the next office will coordinate a community-wide EarthScope education and outreach (E&O) effort centered on the five major goals of the EarthScope E&O Implementation Plan (
1.    Create a high-profile public identity for EarthScope that emphasizes the integrated nature of the scientific discoveries and the importance of EarthScope research initiatives;
2.    Establish a sense of ownership among scientific, professional, and educational communities and the public so that a diverse group of individuals and organizations can and will make contributions to EarthScope;
3.    Promote science literacy and understanding of EarthScope among all audiences through informal education venues;
4.    Advance formal Earth science education by promoting inquiry-based classroom investigations that focus on understanding Earth and the interdisciplinary nature of EarthScope; and
5.    Foster use of EarthScope data, discoveries, and new technology in resolving challenging problems and improving our quality of life.

The E&O effort should effectively ensure that EarthScope data and discoveries, and their implications, reach a broad spectrum of local, regional, and national audiences, including scientists, educators, students, landowners, policymakers, and the general public. The EarthScope E&O effort will explicitly encourage partnerships with underrepresented institutions and non-profit organizations, such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutes (HSI), Community and Tribal Colleges, National Parks, and museums.
The next National Office will pursue additional activities that are compatible with the fundamental mission of the EarthScope National Office: to foster, facilitate, coordinate, and support integrated science, education, outreach, and related activities for the EarthScope program.


July 11, 2014: Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to

July 18, 2014: Deadline to submit an internal proposal.

All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one-three page research plan summary, two-page bio-sketch, and preliminary budget.

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.

If you have any questions, please contact: or 979.862.2233.

August 8, 2014: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

September 26, 2014: Sponsor deadline for the full application (due by 5:00 p.m. proposer’s local time).  

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions. Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.