(CLOSED) NSF 19-586 Critical-Zone Collaborative Network Notice of Intent

Sponsor Name: 
Description of the Award: 

NSF will lead two webinars on the following dates:

Tuesday, July 16 at 2:00 PM - Register

Wednesday, July 24 at 3:00 PM. - Register

The webinars are not being recorded.


NSF seeks proposals to establish an adaptive and responsive research network that supports investigations of the Earth’s Critical Zone. This network will consist of two components that will work together to advance knowledge, education, and outreach in this convergent science: 1) Thematic Clusters of fixed or temporary locations will conduct basic research on significant, overarching scientific questions concerning the structure, function, and processes of the Critical Zone. These U.S.-based Clusters could include existing observatories engaged in collecting environmental data, other monitoring locations that have been in operation for extended periods of time, and new sites that will support the scientific goals of the Cluster; 2) A Coordinating Hub that will oversee the compatibility and archiving of the data resulting from the Thematic Clusters, coordinate outreach and community-building activities, support the use of network facilities by outside researchers, and plan for infrastructure needs of the network.

This solicitation invites proposals for either of the two components: 1) Thematic Cluster or 2) Coordinating Hub. The Thematic Clusters will carry out interdisciplinary research on scientific questions and manage part of the network infrastructure; the Coordinating Hub will serve as the national center for the network. The infrastructure of the network will be accessible to other research teams pursuing research in the Critical Zone.

Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Dec 02, 2019
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should submit the following information no later than 4:00 p.m. on August 16, 2019:

  • Thematic Cluster or Coordinating Hub?
  • PI and team members
  • List of potential partnering institutions, if known
  • Participation as lead institution or subaward
  • Thematic Area, if applicable

Although this NOI is not required, the information that it contains allows our office to estimate the potential review workload and plan the downselect.

Questions concerning the NOI process may be submitted to limitedsubs@psu.edu.

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
Penn State OVPR NOI Deadline: 
Friday, August 16, 2019 - 4:00pm
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Friday, August 16, 2019 - 4:00pm
LOI - no results