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Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences

Management and Operation of the Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter Radar (AMISR) Facilities at Poker Flat, AK, and Resolute Bay, Canada  (AMISR-M&O)

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John  W. Meriwether (703) 292-8529   


Solicitation  17-539

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A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 18-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.



NSF hereby solicits proposals to manage and operate each of the two Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter Radar (AMISR) observatories located at Poker Flat, AK, and at Resolute Bay, Canada. The two AMISR facilities will serve national goals in Geospace science research and education. These facilities are designated as Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar (PFISR) and Resolute Bay Incoherent Scatter Radar - North Face (RISR-N), respectively.

Awardees would work closely with NSF and the Geospace scientific community to ensure that each AMISR facility supports, sustains, and advances frontier Geospace science. In cooperation with NSF and within available resources, the Awardees would plan and execute a viable, coherent, and inclusive AMISR observing program to support research and education, consistent with guidance and oversight by the Geospace scientific community.

Proposals should describe how the proposing institution(s) would: (1) provide observing capabilities and scientific data distribution centering upon the use of the one or the other AMISR facility; (2) support the needs of NSF-funded, peer-reviewed research and education projects; (3) foster an integrated program of education, workforce development, and outreach; (4) develop, manage, and maintain the AMISR facility capabilities; and (5) establish appropriate partnerships with the community, both national and international, to support AMISR research goals.

NSF anticipates that successful proposals for management and operations (M&O) of each AMISR facility would be awarded as a separate cooperative agreement (CA). As necessary, the Awardees will define and execute a budgeted, scheduled, and tracked project plan to manage any transition from the current to the proposed model of AMISR M&O for each AMISR facility. Each cooperative agreement would have a duration of five years contingent on the availability of funds and the successful outcome of comprehensive external reviews of Awardees performance and facility success.  Such an award would be renewable for an additional five years after peer review.


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