ESIP Partners with NumFOCUS to Support Small Development Grants

September 10, 2018 — The Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is gathering ideas from its members on development requests for NumFOCUS sponsored and affiliated projects as part of the fall solicitation for NumFOCUS Small Development Grants. ESIP recently joined the NumFOCUS Community Alliance to better bridge the two communities who share an interest in open, reproducible science.

“We’re thrilled to be able to collaborate with ESIP to better link the Earth sciences community with NumFOCUS scientific computing projects,” said Leah Silen, NumFOCUS Executive Director. “We hope that this will serve as a successful model for future collaborations in discipline-specific scientific research areas.”

NumFOCUS projects that propose to work on an ESIP community-submitted idea will then be eligible to receive up to $3K in additional funding for their proposal ($6k total). The call for NumFOCUS Small Development Grants will be released September 17, 2018.

Q: Who can submit an idea?
A. You must be an ESIP member to submit an idea. ESIP members are any individuals affiliated with ESIP member organizations, e.g. any employee of NASA, NOAA and USGS is considered an ESIP member. See a full list of ESIP member organizations here.

Q. Where do I submit an idea?
A. Submit your idea as an issue to this repo. Please add the NumFOCUS project, your ESIP member institution, and any notes or current chatter around this topic. If you see an idea you think should be supported, feel free to give it a 👍. Not need for downvotes, though feel free to comment on ideas if you know of a current fix!

Q. What is the timeline for submitting ideas?
A. Ideas must be submitted by 8am (CT) September 17, 2018.

Information about NumFOCUS Small Development Grants
NumFOCUS invites proposals from its sponsored and affiliated projects for targeted small development grants three times per year.

There are no restrictions on what the funding can be used for: code development; documentation work; educational, sustainability, and diversity initiatives; or other types of projects are all eligible.

Only one application may be submitted per project per grant funding cycle.

For examples of proposals that have been funded in prior grant rounds, see the NumFOCUS blog:

Available Funding:

  • Up to $3,000 per proposal


  • Proposals must be approved by the leadership of a NumFOCUS sponsored or affiliated project.
  • Proposed work must have a clear outcome, achievable within 2018 or early 2019.
  • The call is open to applicants from any nationality and can be performed at any university, institute or business worldwide (US export laws permitting).


  • 17 Sept 2018: call for proposals released
  • 28 Oct 2018: deadline for proposal submissions
  • 14 Nov: proposal acceptance notifications
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