The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML)
Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSMLs) are off-campus facilities for research and education conducted in the natural habitats of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. FSMLs support environmental and basic biological research and education by preserving access to study areas and organisms, by providing facilities and equipment in close proximity to those study areas, and by fostering an atmosphere of mutual scientific interest and collaboration in research and education. To fulfill these roles, FSMLs must offer modern research and educational facilities, equipment, communications and data management systems for a broad array of users. In recognition of the importance of FSMLs in modern biology, NSF invites proposals that address these general goals of FSML improvement.
Only one proposal may be submitted on behalf of any single facility per round of the FSML competition. This limitation does not prevent a single institution from submitting more than one proposal, as long as each proposal is submitted on behalf of a different eligible facility. This limitation is waived for one additional proposal in the event that a facility is also involved in a proposal that would improve multiple facilities.
Research Office Letter of Intent Deadline: October 3, 2016
Agency Deadline: December 09, 2016
Anticipated Funding Amount: $4,200,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 20-25
Limit on Number of Proposals per Facility: 1 (Note: This limitation does not prevent OSU from submitting more than one proposal, as long as each proposal is submitted on behalf of a different eligible facility.)
In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than one proposal is submitted per facility.
General guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:
COVER SHEET (1 page)
PROJECT DESCRIPTION (1 - 4 pages)
Suggested Reviewers: (1 page) Optional – but as you write envision who might be a reviewer of your proposal or the Program Officer.