2.6 ABoVE Project Types
How to Join ABoVE
NASA Project: NASA-funded projects, including:
- ABoVE-specific solicitations: announcement explicitly designates that selected projects will be part of ABoVE. In this case, projects will have CCE Office logistics support and priority for Science Cloud access.
- Relevant other NASA solicitations: announcement does not explicitly designate that selected projects will be part of ABoVE, but the NASA Program Manager and PI have agreed that the project will have some association with ABoVE. The level of engagement with science team, amount of CCE Office support, and priority for access to the Science Cloud will be determined by the funding Program Manager, the ABoVE Program Manager, and the PI, in consultation with the CCE Office. In some cases, we may ask that PIs fill out the brief proposal form, below.
Expectations of NASA Projects
- All participants of the project become members of the ABoVE Science Team.
- PI will participate in ABoVE Science Team meetings, help in developing plans to coordinate the research from their project with other ABoVE research, and be responsible for coordinating the activities of the members of their research team with the appropriate activities of other ABoVE projects and working groups.
- The PI will also be responsible for the project’s adherence to the NASA Data Policy and the ABoVE data policy.
- The PI will coordinate participation in outreach and engagement activities.
- The PI will complete a hazards assessment for participants working in the field.
Partner Project: fully funded projects by other agencies or institutions that have a formal partner agreement with NASA ABoVE.
Information on how to join ABoVE, expectations from Partner Projects, and CCE Office support provided >>
Affiliated Project: individual projects with funding from sources other than NASA or Partner Organizations.
NASA is seeking to establish formal relationships with individual investigators or organizations interested in coordinating ongoing research and monitoring activities with those being sponsored by NASA as part of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE). These collaborative activities include exchanging information about related research and monitoring activities with ABoVE and/or collaborating on certain aspects of ABoVE. Those individuals or organizations seeking to become members of the ABoVE Science Team are encouraged to submit a proposal (see below).
Important project characteristics include:
- The project activities are within the ABoVE Study Domain and will be carried out during the time period of the field campaign (ca 2015 to 2025),
- The project activities address one or more of the Science Questions or Objectives in a significant way,
- The Project participants are willing to meet the obligations of serving on the ABoVE Science Team (see next section), including complying with the ABoVE Data Policy, and
- The Project’s sponsor is willing to commit the resources needed to support the activities and obligations.
Expectations of Project Investigators
The Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Investigators for each selected Project will become members of the ABoVE Science Team, with the expectation that the PI will participate in ABoVE Science Team meetings, help in developing plans to coordinate the research from their project with other ABoVE research, and be responsible for coordinating the activities of the members of their research team with the appropriate activities of other ABoVE projects and working groups.
The PI will also be responsible for the project’s adherence to ABoVE data policies and coordinating participation in outreach engagement activities.
CCE Office Support for Partner and Affiliated Projects
These projects will not receive logistics support from the CCE Office, but may request Science Cloud access. Note that NASA Projects will have priority for high-performance computing resources (ABoVE Science Cloud).
Review and Selection of Projects
The proposals will be reviewed by the ABoVE Leadership Group, which includes the Science Team Leads for ABoVE, the head of the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office, and representatives from NASA Headquarters. Proposals will be reviewed and decisions made within 30 days after receipt of all needed materials.
In the case of a Partner Project, the NASA Program Manager will consult with the leaders of Partner Organizations in making the final decision.
While NASA is seeking scientists interested in participating in ABoVE based upon research activities that are sponsored by other agencies, there are limitations to the total number of research projects that can be incorporated into ABoVE at a given time, including use of the ABoVE Science Cloud. Because of these limitations, each proposal will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
- Overall relevance of the proposed research to address ABoVE Science Questions and Objectives
- Sponsor’s commitment to supporting project members in ABoVE activities,
- Feasibility of research approach in the context of ABoVE’s resources,
- Feasibility of proposed use of the ABoVE Science Cloud, and Expected project contributions to ABoVE.
Complete and email this outline to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indicate Project Type: NASA, Partner, or Affiliated
- Project Title
- Name, Institute, and email for each Key Project Participant
- Funding Sponsor for the Project
- Partner Organization or Funding Agency Name
- Name of agency representative (phone and email)
- Concurrence of Agency representative (This can be in the form of an email sent to email@example.com with a copy of the proposal.)
- Geographic Location (s) or Extent of the Proposed Project
- Project Narrative (maximum of 500 words)
- Goals and Objectives of Research
- Relation of project to ABoVE Science Questions and Objectives >>
- Summary of research approach
- Proposed use of the ABoVE Science Cloud >>
- Expected contribution to ABoVE
- Expected benefit to the proposed project
If needed, we may request additional information on individual project elements.