Guidelines for NSF PIs Using the NCALM Facility
The NSF supported National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM), funded by the Instrumentation and Facility program, Division of Geosciences has been established. It is operated jointly by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston (UH) and the Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California-Berkeley (UCB). Current funding levels provide support for the operation of the NCALM facility. In addition, a Principal Investigator (PI) can request the NSF for additional funds for NCALM to collect research grade Airborne Laser Swath Mapping (ALSM) data.
In order to avoid double overhead charges, the PI shall submit his/her budget to the NSF that DOES NOT include the cost of the ALSM support from NCALM, but DOES EXPLICITLY state in the PI’s Project Summary that in addition to the budget requested in the PI proposal, a specified amount of money is requested for ALSM coverage, and, if funded, the University of Houston will request a supplement budget for the expenses. This means that the NSF program supporting the PI must also allocate funds to a UH supplement budget to provide data to the PI. The cost of obtaining ALSM data still comes from the program supporting the PI, but instead of the money going to the PI’s institution and then to the University of Houston, UH will request supplemental funds directly once the PI has been awarded the grant, thus avoiding double overhead.
NCALM will provide to the PI: 1) the budget justification for NCALM services, and 2) a letter of support from the NCALM director stating that the facility is willing and able to schedule the PI’s project. These “PDF” files should be uploaded by the PI to the Supplementary Documents section of the Fastlane submission. When PIs submit their research proposals they should follow up with NCALM and provide the relevant NSF Proposal number so that the NCALM facility can report to the NSF/EAR/IF program, the proposals pending before NSF that have requests for NCALM services.
Please direct all inquiries for NCALM services to firstname.lastname@example.org
Responsibility of PI
A PI must write scientific justification for the use of research grade ALSM data from NCALM in the official proposal to the NSF. Detail budgets and budget justification provided by NCALM to the PI (i.e., Appendix A) should be a part of the Supplementary Documents in the PI’s proposal. The PI must provide NCALM the following to generate the necessary documents:
Responsibility of NCALM
NCALM provides all necessary field crews and equipment for the ALSM data collection. It processes, calibrates, analyzes, validates and produces products (XYZ ASCII text files) of the First Surface and the Bare Earth to each PI. In addition, NCALM provides opportunities for PIs and/or graduate students to participate in ALSM planning, data collection, data reduction and analysis.
NCALM will provide detailed budget to the PI for the use of NCALM facility based on the following categories:
For more information, please contact:
University of Houston
450 Cullen Performance Hall
Houston, TX 77204-5059