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Funding for Long-term Observing Management and Governance Discussions

Funding applications for Long-term Observing Management and Governance Discussions are no longer accepted. The deadline for applications was 1 June 2014.

The Arctic Research Consortium of the US (ARCUS) is soliciting online proposals for funding support to enable discussions related to long-term observing management and governance. Supported discussions will provide feedback and interchange relevant to the development of best practices in long-term observing, vetting of lessons learned from other long-term observing activities, and the formation of a common vocabulary for interdisciplinary and integrated observing. Funding for these discussions is being provided through a cooperative agreement to ARCUS from the National Science Foundation¹s Arctic Observing Network Program. Submissions will be accepted from US proposers for telecommunications assistance, meeting room rental, and professional facilitation to lead discussions related to one or more of 35 questions concerning the review, management, communication, and connectivity of long-term observing.

All discussion leads, whether supported through ARCUS or not, are required to submit a completed template to ArcticHub at completion of their discussion event that summarizes the discussion results. This template is available on the ARCUS site(see link below) as well as ArcticHub. If discussing multiple questions, a template must be completed for each question. These documents will be public and will detail the participants, questions discussed, new questions that were raised, and recommendations. The documents will be sorted by thematic area and question to allow discussion threads to continue post-event.

Long-term Observing Management and Governance Discussion Template (DOCX - 15 KB)

Proposers are encouraged to leverage attendance at planned meetings or use virtual methods to lead discussions. A maximum of three questions is recommended per discussion. No more than three assistance awards will be made to a single proposer. Participant travel will not be covered through these grants, except to support the participation of a facilitator. The recommended cap for a single request is not to exceed $2,000 USD; though, higher funding requests may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Proposals will be accepted on a continuous basis until June 1, 2014. Funding decisions will be communicated within 4 weeks of receipt.

For questions regarding the submission process and suggestions for professional facilitator with knowledge of the federal system, please contact Reija Shnoro at reija [at] arcus [dot] org. For questions about the topics under discussion or ArcticHub, please contact Erica Key at ekey [at] nsf [dot] gov.

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