The Unidata Program Center is pleased to announce the opening of the 2018 Unidata Community Equipment Awards solicitation. Created under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation, Unidata equipment awards are intended to encourage new members from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in the geosciences to join the Unidata community, and to encourage existing members to continue their active participation, enhancing the community process. For 2018, a total of $100,000 is available for awards; proposals for amounts up to $20,000 will be considered.
Past recipients of Unidata equipment awards have used the grants to procure equipment for data sharing, to create interactive data visualization laboratories, and to encourage the use of Unidata software packages in research and education. For the 2018 grants, special consideration will be given to proposals that include one or more of the following:
- Projects that advance data-proximate analysis of large remote datasets (e.g. GOES-16 satellite data).
- Projects that facilitate the use of machine learning techniques and data analytics.
- Installation of equipment that provides student access to and use of GOES-R series satellite data.
- Installation of equipment for the operational use of ensemble models and the development of those models’ predictions to share with the broader geoscience community.
The deadline for submitting proposals is March 16, 2018. The Unidata Program Center expects to notify submitters of award status by May 2018. For a complete description of the Unidata Community Equipment Awards program, the proposal format, and the proposal review criteria, see the Call for Proposals.
For more on the Community Equipment Awards, along with previous years' accepted proposals, see the Equipment Awards page.