2021 Spring ESIP Lab Request for Proposals

Application Deadlines:

Applications Open
May 10, 2021

Full Proposal Deadline
June 18, 2021 at 11:00pm PT

Program contact:
Annie Burgess
annieburgess@esipfed.org

The ESIP Lab facilitates project-based learning opportunities for earth scientists to increase their technical savvy, while increasing our collective knowledge of earth system science. Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the ESIP Lab seeks projects that last 6 – 8 months, with a maximum budget of $10,000.

Proposals related to the following needs in the Earth science community will be given priority:

  • Modernization of earth science workflows using community-recommended best practices — the use of open-source software and cloud computing are encouraged.
  • Cloud computing use cases for earth science — creation of well-documented notebooks showing how to collect, distribute, or analyze Earth science data in the cloud.
  • Extension of open source software critical to collecting, distributing, fusing, or analyzing earth science data.
  • Comparison or assessment of Machine Learning or Deep Learning techniques with controlled datasets and/or using well-defined benchmarks.

Although this RFP will give priority to proposals addressing the bulleted topics above, other high-quality proposals will also be given consideration.

Intent

This RFP challenges investigators to outline a project they do not currently have the technical skills to accomplish. By outlining a project that requires an updated skillset, it empowers investigators to block out time for learning while still working towards scientific and/or technical objectives that align with their ‘day job.'  

Award Amount

Projects supported by this mechanism is limited to $10,000. Multiple projects will be selected for funding with the goal of making awards to as many of the highest-rated proposals as possible. Special attention will be given to projects that demonstrate efficiency and economy of resources to pursue the research proposed. No part of this award can be attributed to indirect costs. 

Cloud Services

The ESIP Lab can provide AWS or Azure cloud services for your project up to $5k (these costs would NOT need to be included in your budget). Include in your proposal a plan for which cloud services are needed and how they contribute to your project. Any cloud instances can remain up for the initial project timeframe, but plans should be made to migrate or turn-off those instances within one year of project completion.

You are not required to use AWS or Azure cloud services if another provider is preferred, however, those cloud services must come out of your overall budget. 

Eligibility

  • You are an individual employed by an ESIP Partner organization (see a full list of partner organizations here: https://esipfed.org/esip-member-list); or
  • You are part of a team of individuals where at least one member is affiliated with an ESIP Partner organization – the PI does not have to belong to an ESIP Partner organization.

Eligibility Restrictions

  • The Principal Investigator must not have been funded through the ESIP Lab in the past year.
  • The Principal Investigator is not part of ESIP Leadership (Board or Program Committee).
  • The Principal Investigator must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • Civil servants are eligible to serve as a PI or Co-I, but are restricted from receiving ESIP funds.

Budget

  • Budgets should be outlined based on project deliverables rather than salary hours, i.e. complete data pipeline = $1000

General Selection Criteria

Proposals for projects reviewed by the ESIP Lab will be judged on several criteria with the understanding that the proposal does not need to be equally strong in all categories to be judged likely to have an impact. 

  1. Overall Impact: Likelihood that the project outcomes or learning objectives will lead to follow-on funding or initiate a new research direction.
  2. Objectives: Does the proposal include both technical and learning objectives?
  3. Significance/Importance: Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field? 
  4. Approach: Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented?
  5. Innovation: Does the project shift current scientific/technological paradigms by utilizing novel approaches?
  6. Collaboration: Is the project collaborative between institutions and/or agencies?
  7. Overall Research Plan: Does the proposal identify appropriate research questions to be answered? Does the proposal describe a sound technical approach? Is the project design and methodology feasible?
  8. Budget: Does the budget reflect an appropriate use of resources to complete the project in a timeline consistent with what has been outlined in the proposal?

Reporting Requirements

Projects chosen for an award will be expected to do the following:

  • Create a page under the ESIP GitHub organizational (https://github.com/orgs/ESIPFed) account that includes the project overview, learning objectives, timeline, and goals.
    • Upon project completion, the results and any code and/or a snapshot of the cloud instance should also be included in the page. This page will be your final report, so upon project completion, it should provide all pertinent information, including measures of outreach, and impact of project deliverables.
    • All project pages and associated code should include a permissive license.
  • Give a presentation or poster at an ESIP meeting (virtually or in-person) within one year of project completion. NOTE: If travel support is needed to attend an ESIP meeting to present, please include in your budget. 

How to Apply

Please use this template for your proposal. Proposal length should be fewer than 4 pages in total.

Applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF to lab@esipfed.org.

Proposals may be submitted up to June 18, 2021, 11pm PT. ESIP will alert awardees by late July 2021.

Questions

For questions regarding eligibility or proposal scope, please contact Annie Burgess, ESIP Lab Director, by email at annieburgess@esipfed.org.

NOTE: Proposals are open and will be published on the ESIP Lab website if your project is accepted.

Intent

This RFP challenges investigators to outline a project they do not currently have the technical skills to accomplish. By outlining a project that requires an updated skillset, it empowers investigators to block out time for learning while still working towards scientific and/or technical objectives that align with their ‘day job.'  

Award Amount

Projects supported by this mechanism is limited to $10,000. Multiple projects will be selected for funding with the goal of making awards to as many of the highest-rated proposals as possible. Special attention will be given to projects that demonstrate efficiency and economy of resources to pursue the research proposed. No part of this award can be attributed to indirect costs. 

Cloud Services

The ESIP Lab can provide AWS or Azure cloud services for your project up to $5k (these costs would NOT need to be included in your budget). Include in your proposal a plan for which cloud services are needed and how they contribute to your project. Any cloud instances can remain up for the initial project timeframe, but plans should be made to migrate or turn-off those instances within one year of project completion.

You are not required to use AWS or Azure cloud services if another provider is preferred, however, those cloud services must come out of your overall budget. 

Eligibility

  • You are an individual employed by an ESIP Partner organization (see a full list of partner organizations here: https://esipfed.org/esip-member-list); or
  • You are part of a team of individuals where at least one member is affiliated with an ESIP Partner organization – the PI does not have to belong to an ESIP Partner organization.

Eligibility Restrictions

  • The Principal Investigator must not have been funded through the ESIP Lab in the past year.
  • The Principal Investigator is not part of ESIP Leadership (Board or Program Committee).
  • The Principal Investigator must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • Civil servants are eligible to serve as a PI or Co-I, but are restricted from receiving ESIP funds.

Budget

  • Budgets should be outlined based on project deliverables rather than salary hours, i.e. complete data pipeline = $1000

General Selection Criteria

Proposals for projects reviewed by the ESIP Lab will be judged on several criteria with the understanding that the proposal does not need to be equally strong in all categories to be judged likely to have an impact. 

  1. Overall Impact: Likelihood that the project outcomes or learning objectives will lead to follow-on funding or initiate a new research direction.
  2. Objectives: Does the proposal include both technical and learning objectives?
  3. Significance/Importance: Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field? 
  4. Approach: Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented?
  5. Innovation: Does the project shift current scientific/technological paradigms by utilizing novel approaches?
  6. Collaboration: Is the project collaborative between institutions and/or agencies?
  7. Overall Research Plan: Does the proposal identify appropriate research questions to be answered? Does the proposal describe a sound technical approach? Is the project design and methodology feasible?
  8. Budget: Does the budget reflect an appropriate use of resources to complete the project in a timeline consistent with what has been outlined in the proposal?

Reporting Requirements

Projects chosen for an award will be expected to do the following:

  • Create a page under the ESIP GitHub organizational (https://github.com/orgs/ESIPFed) account that includes the project overview, learning objectives, timeline, and goals.
    • Upon project completion, the results and any code and/or a snapshot of the cloud instance should also be included in the page. This page will be your final report, so upon project completion, it should provide all pertinent information, including measures of outreach, and impact of project deliverables.
    • All project pages and associated code should include a permissive license.
  • Give a presentation or poster at an ESIP meeting (virtually or in-person) within one year of project completion. NOTE: If travel support is needed to attend an ESIP meeting to present, please include in your budget. 

How to Apply

Please use this template for your proposal. Proposal length should be fewer than 4 pages in total.

Applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF to lab@esipfed.org.

Proposals may be submitted up to June 18, 2021, 11pm PT. ESIP will alert awardees by late July 2021.

Questions

For questions regarding eligibility or proposal scope, please contact Annie Burgess, ESIP Lab Director, by email at annieburgess@esipfed.org.

NOTE: Proposals are open and will be published on the ESIP Lab website if your project is accepted.