Posted: 3/3/2022

Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF)

The NSF Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) hereby solicits proposals for research infrastructure that is necessary to advance understanding of the Earth System including: the structure, properties and dynamics of the solid Earth and the interactions between the solid Earth and its biosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and atmosphere; the history and evolution of life; and the history and dynamics of Earth’s climate.

The EAR Instrumentation and Facilities Program (EAR/IF) will support meritorious requests for instrument-based and human research infrastructure that will advance understanding of the Earth system, contribute toward training a diverse geoscience workforce, and encourage efforts to support belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BAJEDI). 

EAR/IF will consider proposals for:

1) Equipment Acquisition or Upgrade

2) Instrumentation and/or Technique Development

3) Technician Support

4) Community Facility Support

5) Continental Drilling Planning

EAR seeks proposals that prioritize support for the U.S. Earth science community supported by EAR core or special programs (see for a current list of funding programs in EAR).

Full Proposal Deadline(s): Proposals Accepted Anytime

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.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
  • Consortia as follows:

    1. legally incorporated, not-for-profit consortium that includes two or more submission-eligible organizations as described in the two bulleted items above. Such a consortium is one with an independent administrative structure (e.g., a sponsored projects office) located in the United States, its territories, or possessions and has 501(c)(3) status.
    2. Submission-eligible organizations as described in the two bulleted items above, on behalf of an informal consortium. These consortium proposals may also include as partners, via subawards, other U.S. and non-U.S. organizations that are not otherwise eligible to submit directly to this solicitation.

    In either case, the proposal title should indicate that a consortium is proposing.

    While for-profit commercial organizations, especially U.S. small businesses with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education, are eligible for participatory support through subawards/subcontracts as private sector partners with submitting organizations; they may not submit independent proposals. Such partnerships must be substantive and meaningful. In addition, the value added by the for-profit commercial organization should be justified as a unique contribution that is otherwise unavailable within organizations described in the two bulleted items above.

Amount Description

EAR/IF anticipates approximately $10,000,000 will be available annually for 30-40 new awards, subject to the availability of funds. Awards may be standard or continuing grants or cooperative agreements.

Funding Type
Sponsor: Rolling