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Directorate for Geosciences



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Gregory  J. Anderson greander@nsf.gov (703) 292-4693  785 N  
Dennis  Geist dgeist@nsf.gov (703) 292-4361   


Solicitation  15-578

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Target Date:  November 15, 2016

November 15, Annually Thereafter


EarthScope is an Earth science program to explore 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 a centralized forum for Earth science education at all levels and an excellent opportunity to develop cyberinfrastructure to integrate, distribute, and analyze diverse data sets.

The EarthScope Facility, comprised of the Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD), and USArray, greatly expanded the observational capabilities of the Earth sciences.  In FY 2014, the Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope (GAGE) facility was created through the integration of PBO and prior "core" geodetic facilities supported by EAR.  At the same time, the Seismological Facilities for the Advancement of Geosciences and EarthScope (SAGE) was created through the integration of USArray and prior "core" seismic facilities supported by EAR.  UNAVCO (www.unavco.org) manages GAGE, IRIS (www.iris.edu) manages SAGE, and Texas A&M University manages SAFOD physical samples and data derived from them.

This Solicitation calls for single or collaborative proposals to conduct scientific research and/or education and outreach activities within North America that

  1. Make use of capabilities provided through, and/or data and/or models derived from, GAGE, SAGE, and/or SAFOD and
  2. Further the scientific and educational goals of EarthScope, as described in the 2010 EarthScope Science Plan and/or EarthScope Education and Outreach Implementation Plan.




Continental Dynamics

EAR Education and Human Resources

Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics (GLD)


GeoPRISMS Program

Geoscience Education

Hydrologic Sciences (HS)

Marine Geology and Geophysics

Petrology and Geochemistry



EarthScope General Information



What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program


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