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Frequently Asked Questions


Deployment Pool (DP)  What is the Deployment Pool and what expenses can be charged to the DP?  How much money is in the Deployment Pool? Do leftover funds carry over into the next year?


 What NSF LAOF are eligible for support from the NSF Deployment Pool?  How does a new platform get added to the Deployment Pool?  Does the NSF Deployment Pool fund expenses associated with facilities that are operated by groups other than the LAOF Partner Organizations?


 Does the NSF Deployment Pool fund campaigns led by NCAR investigators?


Observing Facilities Assessment Panel (OFAP)  What is OFAP?  Does the OFAP make the final decision whether or not to fund a project?  Do I get to see the OFAP assessment of my project request?  How can I become a member of the OFAP?


Facility Request Process & LAOF Access  Who are the LAOF Partner Organizations?  What is the difference between a large and a small campaign?  Do I have to send a Letter of Intent for a small field campaign?  I receive my funding from another government agency. Do I still have access to NSF facilities such as the NSF/NCAR HIAPER?


 What happens in the time frame between the submission of my facility request and the OFAP meeting?


 What is the Global Feasibility?


NCAR-Led Field Campaigns  I am a NCAR investigator and would like access to one of the LAOF. Why do I have to write a science proposal even if my research will be funded by NCAR?


 I am a NCAR investigator and submitted a scientific proposal to the EOL Director. Who will make the final decision on whether or not I have access to the requested LAOF?


 Does the NSF Deployment Pool fund campaigns led by NCAR investigators?


Scientific Program Overviews  How is the review of an SPO handled?  I am a NCAR investigator and will submit an SPO for a complex campaign to NSF. Am I allowed to attach a small budget to the SPO to request a modest amount of funding for project planning activities?


 My SPO got approved, does this automatically mean that my project will go forward?


 What’s the percentage of SPOs/EDOs that get declined?


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