The Unidata Program receives the majority of its funding from the National Science
Foundation. Every five years, the program submits a new proposal to the NSF, outlining past
accomplishments and describing plans for future activities.
As Unidata entered the final year of the most recent NSF proposal period, which ended on
March 31, 2019, Program Center staff and members of Unidata's governing committees
engaged in countless conversations about the future direction of the program. The impact
of existing programs, requests from community members for new or augmented services,
and prognostications about the future needs of the geoscience educators and researchers
all figured into the discussions. The resulting proposal, titled
Unidata: Next-generation Data Services and Workflows to Advance Geoscience Research and
was awarded by NSF with an official start date of May 1, 2019.