National Science Foundation

NSF: Critical Zone Observatories (CZO)

NOTE: The WINS internal deadline was changed from Tuesday, December 11, 2012, to Tuesday, October 16, 2012.  All other details remain the same.

Program Summary

NSF seeks proposals to establish a networked set of Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs) that will address pressing interdisciplinary scientific questions concerning geological, physical, chemical, and biological processes and their couplings that govern critical zone system dynamics. The CZOs are expected, collectively, to 1) measure and quantify the significant processes of the critical zone on appropriate time and space scales; 2) develop a unifying theoretical framework that integrates new understanding of coupled hydrological, geochemical, geomorphological, sedimentological and biological processes; and 3) develop, couple and validate system-level models to predict how the critical zone responds to external forces such as anthropogenic, climatic, and/or tectonic processes. Each observatory must contribute to strengthening the scientific basis for decision-making, particularly with regards to impacts on health, safety, and environment due to observed and predicted changes in the critical zone.


Collaborative Proposals submitted as separate submissions from multiple organizations are NOT allowed for this competition. Instead, any proposal to the CZO solicitation should be a single submission that includes sub-award support for all partner organizations that are requesting funding from NSF. Any one institution may submit only one CZO proposal as Lead institution.

An individual may serve as PI or co-PI on only one proposal. An individual may serve as Senior Investigator on one additional proposal.

Organizations and individuals involved in CZO awards will not be eligible to serve as the CZO National Office awardee. See WINS solicitation for details.

Award Information

Internal Selection Procedure
The Office of the Vice President for Research has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor’s selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
1. A two page CV; and
2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's Tuesday, February 5, 2013, deadline.


Proposal Due to OVPRED10/16/2012 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF01/30/2013
Date Due to Sponsor02/05/2013
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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