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National Science Foundation

Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the LSP is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators (PIs) who meet the eligibility requirements. The University 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: Organizations selected for a CZO award in 2013 will not be eligible to serve as the CZO National Office awardee. Individuals involved as co-principal investigator (co-PI), subawardee, senior investigator, or collaborator of one of CZO site awards will not be eligible to serve as the CZO-NO awardee. Individuals are also not eligible to serve as the CZO-NO awardee if others at their institution are involved as PI or Co-PIs in a CZO award to another institution.

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

Proposal Limit: One (1)

Summary: NSF invites the submission of proposals for the Critical Zone Observatory National Office (CZO-NO). The CZO-NO will have two main functions: to coordinate activities of the network of CZOs, and to disseminate information to a number of audiences. The CZO-NO is expected to work with the CZO community and to share CZO discoveries, data, and research opportunities with the broad scientific community.

Responsibilities of the CZO-NO in coordinating the network of CZOs will include, but are not limited to:

  • Organizing and participating in regular, monthly teleconferences for the CZO PIs and co-PIs;
  • Supporting the CZO network's committees and working groups; 
  • Coordinate the planning and logistics of two face-to-face meetings of CZO PIs per year. One meeting will take place at a professional meeting (e.g. AGU) and the second will be a CZO site visit;
  • Assisting with the coordination and planning of common measurements, protocols and data management for the network of CZOs.

Responsibilities of this office in representing the CZO network include, but are not limited to:

  • Being the singular point of communication with the larger science community on behalf of the CZO network;
  • Promoting the CZO program and developing a high-profile public identity that emphasizes its interdisciplinary nature and focus on creation of knowledge for a sustainable Earth;
  • Creating a strong education and outreach program in which CZO data and discoveries reach a broad spectrum of local, regional, national, and international audiences, including scientists, educators, students, landowners, policymakers, and the general public. Outreach activities should be coordinated among CZO sites and with the broader scientific community;
  • Serving as the liaison of the CZO program to other CZ-related groups or organizations (e.g., CSDMS, CUAHSI, CZEN, DOSECC, LTER, NEON, UNAVCO, etc.);
  • Representing the CZOs at research and educational conferences, and public outreach events;
  • Developing and distributing CZO outreach materials through the use of traditional and new media;
  • Assisting in the organization of workshops, short courses, and sessions at national and international meetings;
  • Organizing and managing a CZO booth at professional meetings and conferences;
  • Developing a quarterly CZO newsletter and an annual integrated CZO science report, and maintaining an archive of these items;
  • Maintaining and updating content of the CZO Website (; 
  • Developing and managing a CZO speaker series.


June 18, 2013: 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

June 25, 2013: 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 1-3 page research plan summary and two page bio-sketch.

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M PIs may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, from the e-proposal site, click on “Signup,” fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

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

July 16, 2013: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

September 16, 2013: Sponsor deadline for the full application (due by 5 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.