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GOES-R Risk Reduction / JPSS Proving Ground Risk Reduction (PGRR)
Visiting Scientist Program Call for Proposals for 2014

Letter of Intent Deadline extended to October 22, 2013

Global Mosaic of CrIS from Suomi NPP September 23, 2013 - The GOES-R Risk Reduction (R3) and JPSS Proving Ground Risk Reduction (PGRR) research programs announce the Visiting Scientist Program Call for Proposals for 2014. Proposals are encouraged for:

  • Federal and non-federal scientists contributing to GOES-R3, Algorithm Working Group and Proving Ground efforts and international operational space agency partners (eg scientists associated with JMA Himawari algorithms and EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facilities (SAFs)) to exchange ideas and initiate/continue collaborations applicable to their current research with other scientists and users. Visits focused on future capabilities including the use of decision tools, integrated observations and NWP are encouraged. Visits to scientific partners developing and evaluating relevant algorithms and applications at National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Offices, NWS National and Regional Centers, federal laboratories, universities, and EUMETSAT SAFs are also encouraged. Ideas, algorithms, products, and applications can be explored in detail during these visits that may be from 1 to 4 weeks in duration.
  • Federal and non-federal scientists contributing to JPSS PGRR, JPSS Algorithm, Data and Products (ADP) and JPSS calibration/validation efforts and international operational space agency partners (eg scientists associated with JMA Himawari algorithms and EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facilities (SAFs)). The description of relevant activities is similar to the items described for GOES-R above. Additionally, collaborations with NOS and NMFS operational entities and OAR are of high interest.
  • Scientists approved to travel in 2013 but who were unable to travel due to federal travel restrictions or complications with sequestration. We do not anticipate travel to be easier for federal personnel during 2014 compared to 2013 so applicants may wish to alter the proposal to send non- federal team members instead, or to alter the scope based upon any feedback received regarding the travel denial.
  • We anticipate funding between 10 and 20 visits. In general these funds are provided for travel expenses for researchers developing new and advanced applications for the GOES-R and JPSS program. A letter of intent is required. Each letter should include:
    1. A one page summary providing information on the project(s) to be discussed and/or tested; and
    2. A paragraph each from the person requesting the visit and the person receiving the visit describing the anticipated benefits of the visit (including metrics for evaluating the success of the visit);
    3. Estimated costs for airfare, per-diem and other travel-related expenses and
    4. Whether the proposal is directed to GOES-R or JPSS funding. A short written summary will be required following the visit.
  • Letters of intent must be received by 5:00 PM EST on October 22, 2013. These should be sent to Ingrid.Guch@noaa.gov with cc to Ralph.R.Ferraro@noaa.gov and "VSP2014" as the subject line (no space) and return receipt activated if you have that capability.
  • Proposals accepted for funding will be notified in mid-November 2013. Please note that federal and invitational travel requests currently require approval by NESDIS HQ. Approval by NESDIS HQ is not guaranteed even if we accept the proposal for funding.

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