University of Southern California


NSF 12-505 Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML)

Slots:     Only one proposal may be submitted on behalf of any single facility per round of the FSML competition. This limitation does not prevent a single institution from submitting more than one proposal, as long as each proposal is submitted on behalf of a different eligible facility.

Nomination per School:      One

Proposals may not be submitted directly by the PI; nominations are submitted by the School’s Research Dean’s Office.    

LOI:      NA                         
Internal Deadline:   November 15, 2013
External Deadline:  December 13, 2013
Award Information:   Type:  Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards:  15 to 20

Anticipated Amount: $4,200,000 Approximately $4.2 million for new awards annually, subject to the availability of funds and quality of proposals. Individual award sizes will range from $25,000 for planning grants to $350,000 for other awards.

Materials to Office of Research: Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). CV – (4 pages maximum)

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Purpose: Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSMLs) are off-campus facilities for research and education pertaining to physical and biological phenomena and organisms in the natural habitats of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. FSMLs support environmental and biological research and education by preserving access to study areas and organisms, by providing facilities and equipment in close proximity to those study areas, and by fostering an atmosphere of mutual scientific interest and collaboration in research and education. For FSMLs to fulfill their role in biological research and education, they must offer modern research and educational facilities, equipment, and communications and data management systems for a broad array of users. A significant fraction of the research and education projects that use the proposing facility as a platform for their execution should be in science and engineering fields eligible for support by the National Science Foundation.