Format Guidelines

Submitted proposals must utilize the required MS Word form and be divided, in order, under the following headings:

  1. Applicant Information: Your name, affiliation, advisor, degree sought (M.S. or Ph.D.), and expected year of graduation.
  2. Contact Information: Email addresses and phone numbers for you and your advisor, and your fax number and postal address.
  3. Title: Title of the proposal.
  4. Summary: Summary of the proposal that explains both the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the project.
  5. Justification: State why new research-grade ALSM data is needed to achieve the scientific goals. Please be aware that airborne lidar data is available for many areas (e.g.,,,
  6. References: Not more than three literature references.
  7. Supplementary Information (Optional): State your gender and if you belong to an under-represented minority group.
  8. Relevant NSF Program (Required): Please indicate which NSF program is most relevant to your proposed research (e.g., Tectonics, Geomorphology and Land-Use Dynamics, Ecosystem Science).
  9. Dimensions: Rectangular area in square kilometers, not to exceed 40 km2.
  10. Data Specifications:
    • Point density (points per square meter)
    • Data format (pointclouds or grid files, unfiltered or filtered for bare earth)
    • Datum (e.g., NAD83, GEIOD12A)
    • Optional waveform data or aerial photography (with limited processing)
  11. Seasonal Constraints: Best or preferred time of year for data collection.
  12. Topography: Maximum slope, elevation range, and any other topographic details relevant to the logistics of ALSM data collection.
  13. Figures: Include a location map of the area to be surveyed.