Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF Earthscope

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) EarthScope program seeks to establish a community-based EarthScope National Office. The EarthScope program explores the 4-dimensional structure of the North American continent. The EarthScope program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. In addition, EarthScope offers multiple opportunities for Earth science education at all levels and an excellent opportunity to develop cyberinfrastructure to integrate, distribute, and analyze diverse data sets. The nucleus of the program is the EarthScope Facility, a multi-purpose array of instruments and observatories consisting of the Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD), and the USArray. These observatories provide an unprecedented amount of geophysical data to address the processes that formed and continue to deform North America.

The EarthScope National Office will foster integrated science, education, outreach, and related activities for the EarthScope program; facilitate and coordinate EarthScope scientific planning and education and outreach activities; facilitate collaborative research; and when necessary, form scientific responses to "events" in EarthScope topics and/or regions of interest.

Because MU is limited to one proposal for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 13, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) a description of previous educational and/or outreach efforts of the investigators, 2) a description of the education and outreach activities to be undertaken as part of the National Office and how those activities would meet the goals of the EarthScope Education and Outreach Implementation Plan, 3) plans for assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of Office activities, and 4) the names of three MU personnel who would be qualified to serve as internal reviewers for letters of intent under this program.


Approximately $600,000 per year for up to four years.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, August 13 , 2010

External Proposal Deadlines

October 1, 2010


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