Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences Community Instruments and Facilities (AGS-CIF)

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

The intent of the Community Instruments and Facilities (CIF) solicitation is to provide the NSF-sponsored atmospheric sciences research community with access to specialized instrumentation for field and laboratory-based studies. The CIF solicitation requests proposals from instrument and facility providers who will make their equipment available for community use through an NSF-defined request process. Support will be provided for limited technician time, minor upgrades, and travel for outreach. 

The Community Instruments and Facilities (CIF) solicitation is intended to expand the suite of instruments and facilities available to the atmospheric science community supported by NSF. Proposals funded through this solicitation will promote research, education, and outreach in areas currently supported by programs in the Atmosphere Section of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS). Detailed descriptions of research programs of the Atmosphere Section are available at -


  • Required Letter of Intent: March 15, 2024
  • Full Proposal: May 1, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.

An individual may participate as PI, co-PI, or other Senior/Key Personnel on at most one proposal for this solicitation.

In the event that any individual exceeds this limit, any proposal submitted to this solicitation with this individual listed as PI, co-PI, or Senior/Key Personnel after the first proposal is received at NSF will be returned without review (RWR). No exceptions will be made.

Amount Description

Estimated Number of Awards: 1 to 4

The number of awards will vary depending on the number of proposals received, their scientific merit and programmatic considerations.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $1,500,000 to $3,000,000

Award durations are limited to 5 years. Award budgets may not exceed $500,000 per year.

Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

March 15, 2024