Critical-Zone Collaborative Network
NSF 19-586

Letters of Intent to Research Office: September 9, 2109

Agency Full Proposal Deadline: December 2, 2019

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 4

  • Thematic Clusters: 3 proposals per organization
  • Coordinating Hub: 1 proposal per organization

An organization may submit a total of 4 proposals to this competition, 1 for the Coordinating Hub and 3 for the Thematic Clusters.

  • Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 4
  • Thematic Clusters: An individual may serve as PI or co-PI on as many as 3 proposals.
  • Coordinating Hub: An individual may serve as PI or co-PI on only 1 proposal.

An individual may serve as PI or co-PI on a total of 4 proposals; 3 Thematic Clusters and 1 Coordinating Hub.

General guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:

COVER SHEET (1 page)

  • Solicitation Name and Descriptive Title
  • Project Summary: 3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that provide an overview of the objective of your proposed research, how you plan to do it, and the expected outcome.
  • Unique Aspects: 3 or 4 sentences that highlight how your research/approach is different/better.
  • Key PI/co-PIs: 5 or 6 sentences or bullet points that highlight team expertise as it relates to the project.
  • Budget: Example: The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $ X, with $ Y being requested from the NSF. NSF funds will be used for: $ A for personnel; $ B for operations, and $ C for broader impacts/subcontracts etc.
  • Justification for NSF support: One paragraph explaining why this research fits with the RFP and strategic goals of NSF.


Overall – NSF reviewers will want to know what the proposers want to do, why they want to do it, how they plan to do it, how they will know if they succeed, and what benefits could accrue if the project is successful.

  • Problem statement - Clear and concise statement of 1) research question(s) and how the project will address the research question(s); 2) what technical barriers need to be overcome to perform the research; and 3) how the proposed research can lead to the advancement of research/knowledge in this area.
  • Proposed activities: Describe the project to be undertaken and provide the technical specifications of the research activities and timelines that will be undertaken.
  • Broader Impact/Metrics for Success: What metrics are the most appropriate for evaluating the success of the proposed project (e.g., peer-reviewed papers, policy-directed efforts, databases, models, development of new resources, etc.)? If successful, who would most likely use the knowledge or tools developed?

Suggested Reviewers: (1 page) Optional – but as you write envision who might be a reviewer of your proposal or the Program Officer.


Monday, September 9, 2019
Date Open: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
National Science Foundation
Agency Deadline: 
Monday, December 2, 2019
Limit per Institution: 
Important Notes: 
Thematic Clusters: 3 proposals per organization:Coordinating Hub: 1 proposal per organization