Facilitator of Marine Seismic Capabilities for the U. S. Research Community

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Funding Opportunity ID: 323294
Opportunity Number: 20-533
Opportunity Title: Facilitator of Marine Seismic Capabilities for the U. S. Research Community
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 47.050
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: *Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals may only be submitted by the following: -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. -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.
Agency Code: NSF
Agency Name: National Science Foundation
Posted Date: Dec 24, 2019
Close Date: Apr 10, 2020
Last Updated Date: Dec 24, 2019
Award Ceiling: $0
Award Floor: $35,000,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $35,000,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: Proposals are solicited to support needs of the marine seismic research communityfor access to acquisition of long-offset and deep-imaging 3D seismic data using a large tuned source. These needs are currently provided by the specialized, seismic research vesselR/VMarcus G. Langseth (Langseth). TheR/V Langsethis owned by the National Science Foundation and operated bytheLamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University. NSF has determined that it cannot adequately invest in the R/V Langseth or replace the vessel at the end of service life. Therefore, alternative approaches are necessary for providing the marine seismic research capability to support high priority research proposals. R/V Langseth will continue operations through September 2021, or no later than the Fall 2021 regulatory dry-docking, and will be divested. ThisNSF solicitation seeks proposals for a Facilitator of Marine Seismic Capabilities, herein referred to as a "Facilitator" or Facilitator Support Office"to work with researchers in identifying suitable vessels (commercial, foreign academic, or other) to support NSF-funded seismic research projects. The Facilitator will also be responsible for arranging and negotiating competitive lease agreements for marine seismic research activities that have been determined by NSF to be high priority projects following the merit review process. The Facilitator may also be asked to help support access to additional subsurface imaging techniques. The successful proposal for the Facilitator of Marine Seismic Capabilities will be administered as a Cooperative Agreement (CA)overa five-year period of performance.
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