Call for 2012 LTER Post-doctoral Cross-site Projects, Synthesis and Training Working Groups

The LTER Executive Board announces the annual call for proposals for LTER synthesis projects for work to be completed during 2012.

Three kinds of proposals are solicited:

  1. Synthesis Working Groups, which may include partial salary for graduate students or post-docs to support the goals of the working group
  2. Individual Post-docs, for cross-site studies by individuals who have received their doctorate within the past three years
  3. Training Working Groups, to address the need for training in specific areas for scientists and information managers.

Funds are available to support 10-12 synthesis working groups of 8-12 scientists, 1-2 post-docs, and 1-2 training working groups. Proposals from groups that have received funding in the past must include a brief section describing results from prior support. Proposals led by LTER scientists at all levels are welcome, as are proposals that incorporate or build on potential activities at the 2012 All Scientists Meeting.

All proposals must be submitted on-line by December 15, 2011 using the submission box on this page (http://intranet2.lternet.edu/proposal/2012-working-group-call).

Proposals will be reviewed starting January 1 with confirmation of awards by January 17, 2012.

HINT:  When submitting proposals and pasting in text - paste them from a "plain-text" editor rather than WORD or other formatting software.  Use the toolbars on the submission page to change fonts, bolding etc....

Be sure to hit the "Save" buttton at the bottom of the submission page.  If you save the URL posted at the top, you can go back and re-edit the submission.  If you hit the "PDF" option you will get back a PDF of how your submission looks on the system.

Further questions can be directed to John Vande Castle (jvc@lternet.edu).

1. Synthesis Working Groups;

Proposals for Synthesis Working Groups should address Network science goals and stimulate cross-site and Network-level synthesis. Especially encouraged are efforts that tie into and enhance the network’s four synthesis initiatives (http://www.lternet.edu/decadalplan/) and/or additionally create one or more new synthetic databases for adoption in the Network Information System framework. Priority will be given to proposals that 1) have clearly defined products such as synthesis papers or research proposals and/or 2) lay the groundwork for broader working groups at the 2012 All Scientists Meeting.

Proposals should focus on the synthesis of existing data; collection of new data will not be supported. Proposals should consider linkages to LTER Information management needs and potential use of the developing LTER Network Information System (NIS). Proposals resulting from previous LTER Working Group or other efforts should reference reports and products posted at the LTER Working Group page at: http://intranet2.lternet.edu/working-groups.

Proposals should be a maximum of two single-spaced pages plus a budget page. The proposal should include a title, proposer name(s) with contact information, and detail the goals, activities, participants, timing, and expected products of the proposed working group. Among participants, note those that are student and early-career postdocs, and note LTER site or other site affiliations for all participants. If participants are unknown, include a statement of how they will be selected.

Each proposal should include a separate budget and justification section that details how funds will be spent and any specific support required from the LTER Network Office that would help the effort. Allowable costs include travel and meeting expenses up to a limit of $12,000 per working group (ca. $1,000 per participant). Multiple, related meetings can be proposed as long as total travel and meeting costs do not exceed $12,000. In addition to travel and meeting expenses, the proposal may request graduate or postdoctoral stipends up to a maximum of $12,000. These requests might, for example, cover 3-6 months of salary/wages to complete a specific working group product. Such requests should be well-justified in the proposal.

All travel and meeting costs will be arranged and direct billed through the LTER Network Office. If a stipend for a post-doc or student is requested in the proposal, please include any required institutional fringe benefits in the budget as a separate line item. Funding for post-docs or graduate students will be provided through a purchase order to the home institution. Overhead costs may not be included in the proposal. Cost-sharing is encouraged but not required. A final report and copies of working group products are required for all funded projects. The Executive Board will make final funding decisions

2. Individual Post-doctoral Cross-site Projects

Proposals for Individual Post-doctoral Cross-site Projects should address Network science goals and focus on the synthesis of LTER data across sites. Especially encouraged are efforts that tie into and enhance the Network’s four synthesis initiatives (http://www.lternet.edu/decadalplan/) and/or additionally create one or more new synthetic databases for adoption in the Network Information System framework.  Priority will be given to proposals that have clearly defined products, such as synthesis papers or research proposals, and that conduct new cross-site studies or expand existing comparisons to a broader range of LTER sites.

Proposals should focus on the synthesis of existing data; collection of new data will not be supported. Proposals should consider linkages to LTER information management needs and potential use of the developing LTER Network Information System (NIS).

Proposals should be a maximum of three single-spaced pages plus a budget. The proposal should include a title, proposer name(s) with contact information, and describe the goals, activities, participants, timing, expected products, and a plan for dissemination of results of the proposed cross-site study. The home location for the post-doc and the sites to be included in the analysis must be detailed. A final report and copies of project products are required for all funded projects.

Each proposal should include a separate, detailed budget and justification section that explains how funds will be spent and any specific support required from the LTER Network Office that would help the effort. Allowable costs include travel and meeting expenses and postdoctoral stipends. All travel and meeting expenses will be arranged and direct billed through the LTER Network Office. Requests for stipends may include fringe benefits and institutional overhead if the home institution requires it; the total request, including travel and meeting expenses, stipends, fringe benefits, and overhead may not exceed $50,000. Cost-sharing is encouraged but not required. The Executive Board will make final funding decisions

3. Training working groups for Scientists and Information Managers

To achieve the goals of the Decadal Plan, information managers and scientists may benefit from training in the latest data management, cyberinfrastructure, sensor, or field and laboratory technologies. For example, information technology training topics might include cyber-security or establishing or managing sensor networks for in situ measurement programs (e.g., communications, QA/QC, analysis), and data management training topics might involve creating and running scientific workflows for complex analyses (e.g., Kepler) or advanced GIS analysis. Proposals for 3-5 day training sessions for LTER scientists and information specialists should be linked to LTER information management activities and potential benefits to the developing LTER Network Information System (NIS).

Proposals may be submitted up to a limit of $40,000. Allowable costs include travel and meeting expenses, working group materials, and stipends for trainers. Leaders of successful proposals will work with LNO staff to recruit trainers and set the dates and location of the training. It is expected the training will take place in Albuquerque, NM, except when an alternate training facility specializing in the training topic is more appropriate. The LNO will coordinate workshop organization, cover participant support costs, capture and stream lectures and demos, and produce formative and summative evaluations.

Proposals should be a maximum of two single-spaced pages plus a budget. The proposal should include a title, the proposer name(s) with contact information, and detail the goals, activities, participants and sites, timing, and expected outcomes of the proposed training activity. Each proposal should include a separate budget and justification section that details how funds will be spent and any specific support required from the LTER Network Office that would help the effort. Overhead costs may not be included in the proposal; all travel and meeting costs will be arranged and direct billed through the LTER Network Office. Cost-sharing is encouraged but not required. A final report is required for all funded projects.

The LTER Network Office will provide recommendations for funding to the LTER Executive Board based on practicality, breadth of interest, availability of appropriate trainers, relevance to LTER goals, and cost. Preference will be given to proposals that provide opportunities for training to a broad segment of the LTER community. The Executive Board will make final funding decisions