NCALM Invites Graduate Students to Submit 2021 Seed Proposals

September 27, 2021

2021 Seed Proposal Period: September 27, 2021–January 7, 2022

The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping invites proposals from graduate student PIs seeking airborne lidar data for use in research toward an M.S. or Ph.D. degree. NCALM maps up to seven projects each year, covering up to 40 sq km or 2 sq km with UAS, for graduate students who desire lidar data. Seed Proposal Grants are supported by the National Science Foundation.

See NCALM's Seed Proposals and Format Guidelines pages for background information and instructions on submitting a proposal. The submission period is Monday, September 27, 2021–Friday, January 7, 2022. Read the FAQ page or contact ncalm [at] for more information.

NCALM will consider completing a limited number of the projects using lidar collected from a UAS (drone) platform. Areas of interest for UAS must be no more than 2 sq km, less than 6,500 ft MSL, be accessible by public road, and deployment (from a major city) and mapping must be achievable within three days.

This year NCALM will also consider conducting a limited number of seed surveys in Alaska (to be flown in Summer 2022). These proposals must be developed for conventional platforms (no UAS), and the project locations must be within a 100-mile radius of Anchorage or Fairbanks.

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